Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve 2017
One of the iconic wines of Italy. Fontodi’s Flaccianello is a brilliant expression of Sangiovese.
Flaccianello is made from a selection of the best grapes from the best parts of the Fontodi vineyards in the Conca d’Oro, at the heart of Chianti Classico. 'Galestro' soils are perfect for Sangiovese and produce an intense, yet approachable wine. 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 and maceration lasted 30-35 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The cap was punched down twice a day during fermentation, which reached a maximum temperature of 30ºC. Once the desired tannin structure had been achieved, the wine was then racked into 70% new French oak barriques (Allier and Tronçais) for 18 months. A very small percentage of wine was aged in amphora. At the end of the 18 months, the wine was blended and moved to large oak casks for another six months prior to bottling.
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.