Deep and structured, with classic sour cherry, leather and tobacco flavours.
Fontodi is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone and are one of the premier producers of the region. All farming is organic. Deep and structured, with classic sour cherry, leather and tobacco elements. Supple tannins and smooth texture.
Region/Country: Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Production Method: Organic farming. Fermentation in stainless steel followed by 24 months ageing in French oak barrique and 6 months in bottle.
Style: Deep and softly fruited with savoury backbone
Pairing Suggestion: Tuscan dishes, grilled meats
Profile: Sangiovese is Italy's most planted grape variety, and the most dominant in Central Italy where it is responsible for some of the world's classic wines. Sangiovese has a broad flavour spectrum, ranging through mulberries, prunes, spice, tobacco, sometimes leather and chestnuts with a tendency toward extreme savouriness rather than fruit sweetness. When yields are low, as they typically are in the Classico zones and Brunello, the wines produced show extreme concentration and great longevity. There are few better pleasures than a mature Sangiovese. As with Nebbiolo, it is rather unfortunate that Sangiovese has rarely been mastered outside of its traditional home.
Classic Regions: Chianti, Brunello, Marche, Emilia-Romagna (Italy), McLaren Vale (Australia)
The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1968 but has been in Chianti for centuries. Though they have always made wine, their primary business is still the production of Chianti's finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards are immaculately tended. Their 90 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime 'Conca d'Oro' (golden shell) of Panzano, and have been converted to organic viticulture. Giovanni is now following biodynamic principles to obtain the best quality fruit.