Chianti Classico, 2015

  Monteraponi

The result of a “dream vintage” that was dry yet the vines were never under stress. Picking was at the end of September. A little more powerful and broader than perhaps this classic Chianti normally is but the wine is juicy fresh and fruity with it. Notes of red berries, red cherries and griotte with subtle savoury notes of sap and dried herb. A blend of 95% Sangiovese 5% Canaiolo from the estate’s youngest vines. The wine is aged for 14-16 months in large French and Slavonian oak casks.

Contains Sulphites.

About Monteraponi

The Chianti farmhouse of Monteraponi, an ancient medieval hamlet, situated on the hill of the same name, once belonged to Baron Ugo, Marquis of Tuscany in the tenth century. It was not until 2003, however, that current owner Michele Braganti produced and commercialised the estate’s own bottlings. The vineyard had been in family hands since 1974 but the fruit was previously sold off to other growers. The vineyard area, all in the commune of Radda in Chianti Classico, spans 10 hectares. The wines are planted as high as 570 meters above sea level, some of the very highest in the Chianti Classico, on a mixture of hard Albarese and softer Galestro limestone soils. The wines are made in a traditional, low tech and gentle way. After hand harvesting and gentle pressing, spontaneous fermentation is carried out in cement vats where it continues to macerate and infuse with the skins for a further 25 days. The wine is then racked off into large used French and Slavonian oak casks for between 14-36 months of ageing depending on the cuvee, bottling then takes place without fining or filtration. These are some of Chianti Classico’s most exciting, vivid and age worthy wines. Still a relatively young project, it already seems as if Monteraponi and their brilliant wines have the ability to elevate the reputation of the Chianti Classico as a whole.

Appellation: Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is a DOCG protected appelation in Tuscany, central Italy. The more generic Chianti DOCG covers a large area of vineyard and has a somewhat tumultuous history with quality proving inconsistent and hard to regulate over a wide area. While many great wines can be found here, Chianti Classico was established to demarcate the original Chianti zone, dating back to 1716, and which it is believed offers the ideal growing conditions for Sangiovese. In order for the wines to qualify as the superior Classico, they are also tasted and assessed by the local Consorzio and those wines not up to scratch are designated as straight Chianti. The most elegant wines tend to come from higher altitude sites around villages such as Radda and Castellina.

Grape Blend: Sangiovese | Canaiolo

A very Italian blend of indigenous grapes.