Fontodi 'Vigna Del Sorbo' Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017
Brooding, intense and amazingly complex. This is one of the iconic wines of Tuscany.
The grapes for this wine are grown in the Vigna del Sorbo vineyard. Planted in 1981, the vineyard is situated at an altitude of 400 m asl, facing south/south-west. Its powerful structure supports the intense, smoky, savoury fruit. 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. Grapes were fermented in stainless-steel tanks for 18 days. During fermentation and maceration the cap was punched down twice a day. After fermentation the wine was aged in Tronçais and Allier barriques, of which 40% was new oak, for 18 months and an extra six months in botte grande (large oak barrels) prior to bottling. It remained in bottle for at least six months before release.
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.