Country: Italy Region: Tuscany Vintage: 2005
Category: Sweet White Color: White
"The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1968 but has been in Chianti for centuries, producing the finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. The same attention to detail that makes them the best producers of terracotta has been brought to bear on Fontodi over the past 48 years, and has transformed a crumbling farmhouse with a few hectares of vineyard into one of Chianti Classico’s most impressive estates.
Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards and cellar are immaculately tended. Giovanni’s 90 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime ‘conca d’oro’ (golden shell) of Panzano, giving wines of supreme elegance, intensity and longevity. The south facing vineyards and their natural amphitheatre shape allow the grapes to ripen fully. Soils here allow for excellent drainage, encouraging the vines to put down deep roots. Giovanni has converted to organic viticulture and is now following biodynamic principles in order to obtain the best quality fruit.
In the winery, his approach is similarly non-interventionist (very low toast oak, for example) in order to ensure that the quality of fruit is preserved in the finished wine. Giovanni’s Chianti Classico always shows great depth of flavour, with the 2013 being intense yet balanced. The ‘Vigna del Sorbo’ Gran Selezione is intensely concentrated. It used to contain a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend but with 2012 Giovanni decided the Sangiovese needed no further help. Flaccianello, made from a selection of the estate’s best Sangiovese, is fast becoming one of Italy’s most sought after wines. It is powerful and fleshy and ages beautifully. The Dino is made with 100% Sangiovese and remains for 12 months on its skins without sulfites in orci (amphorae) made at the Manetti terracotta factory. The orci are left to rest in the cellar at ambient temperature of 14° C and 80% humidity, perfect conditions for a very slow evolution. The Fontodi Vin Santo is voluptuous and nutty, as beautifully made as their outstanding olive oil."
Product Features: Certified Organic
Winemaker: Giovanni Manetti
Grapes for this wine come from various vineyards of the estate in the Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC. The south facing vineyards and their natural amphitheatre shape allows the grapes to ripen fully. Soils here are galestro, a classic Tuscan shale, which allows for excellent drainage and encourages the vines to put down deep roots. The vines are Guyot trained and planted at a density of between 3,500 and 6,000 plants per hectare.
The grapes were hand picked at the end of October into five kilo crates and then dried naturally for five months. After twelve hours of gentle pressing, the must was racked into chestnut and oak barrels of 50 and 110 litres where ageing took place for at least five years.
A deep golden colour with an elegant and complex nose. Aromas of dried fruits, apricots and dates are complemented by hints of almonds. On the palate it is sweet, rounded and silky with a long, refreshing finish.
Food Suggestion: Traditionally served with biscotti to dunk in the wine before enjoying the marriage of flavours.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV: 12% Acidity [g/l]: 10.1