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Poggiotondo Chianti 2016 £13.95
The Poggiotondo estate is situated in the hills to the northwest of Empoli in western Tuscany. These hills are south and southwest facing, and are planted primarily with Sangiovese. Alberto Antonini’s estate has been certified organic since the 2014 vintage. As a result, he has released a Chianti ‘Bio’ as his new entry level wine.
The vineyards are situated on beautiful hills, some of them 'conche' or shell-shaped, which are south and southwest facing. They are planted primarily with Sangiovese, though Alberto is increasing the amount of Merlot in his vineyards as some of the soils have a high percentage of clay. In general, soils are chalky, with a good percentage of white shells, producing wines which are elegant and complex. The grapes for this wine come from six individual parcels from the best vineyard sites. In 2011, Alberto started the conversion to biodynamic production and Poggiotondo was certified organic from the 2014 vintage.
2016 saw a very mild winter but rainfall until the beginning of June allowed for important underground water reserves. Perfect temperatures prompted the growth of plentiful and healthy fruit which flourished in the following dry, sunny and hot days alternating with cool nights. Heavy rainfall on 15th September finally arrived – 80ml of rain over 3 days. The large diurnal temperature variation will lend the 2016 vintage with an aromatic note more defined than in previous years.
The organically grown fruit was hand harvested, crushed and transferred to concrete tanks where it underwent a spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. A proportion of the wine was then racked to large French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, and remained therefor matured for eight months.
Deep garnet red in colour. On the nose, dried oregano aromas mix with dark and red cherries. Ripe cherries on the palate are balanced with grainy tannins, typical of traditional Chianti, with vibrant, fresh acidity on the finish.
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