The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1969 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.
There are 80 hectares of south facing vineyards, all of which are found in an amphitheatre-shaped valley to the south of Panzano. This shape facilitates the full ripening of the grapes. The stony galestro soils allow for excellent drainage and encourage the vines to put down deep roots. The vineyard in which the grapes for Meriggio are grown is called La Rota and faces north. Vines are planted at 4,000 and 6,000 plants per hectare.
The 2016 vintage saw many similarities to 2015. The growing season began with cool, wet weather. The flowering was generally good, but cooler temperatures reduced yields. In July, the weather turned hot and dry, with one rainfall mid-August relieving the stress of the vines. The wines are more aromatic than 2015.
After pressing, the majority of the grapes were fermented in stainless steel vats at a maximum temperature of 20ºC; a small portion is fermented in amphora. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place. The wine remained in stainless steel for six months before release to preserve the freshness and fruit purity of the wine.
Fresh and grassy perfumes on the nose lead to a lively, lifted palate with a mineral undertone. This wine shows the characteristic high quality of all the Fontodi wines and finishes on a long, elegant note.
|Grape varieties||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
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