Felsina Berardenga I Sistri Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)
This 470 hectare estate is located northeast of Siena in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the southern border of the Chianti Classico zone. Fèlsina epitomises the powerful style of southern Chianti, where the wines are stylistically more akin to those from Montalcino than their fellow Chianti from Fontodi or Isole e Olena. Domenico Poggiali bought the estate in 1966. Giuseppe Mazzocolin, son-in-law of Domenico entered the family business in late 1970s and played a significant role in the growth of the winery. Since 1990 Giovanni Poggiali, Domenico's grandson, has joined the management and continues his grandfather's enterprise with the same passion. Giuseppe Mazzocolin is now less involved in the running of the estate, and consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei is very much at the helm of the winemaking team.
The grapes are grown on vineyards covering 4.72 hectares of Chardonnay vines. The training system is simple Guyot, with 8-14 buds per vine, planted at a density of 5,400 per hectare. Cluster thinning takes place in July in order to increase concentration. The vineyards are situated at approximately 370 metres above sea level and face south/southwest. Soils are sandy with alluvial pebbles. Sistra (sistri) were ancient Egyptian musical instruments linked to the cult of Isis, goddess of agriculture and fertility. The instrument, popular with the Greeks, Romans and Hebrews, consisted of a horseshoe-shaped frame struck by moveable rods, creating a similar sound to the German Glockenspiel.
Whole-cluster pressing yielded about 60% free-run must, which was then cold-settled and racked. The must was then fermented in small barrels where it remained on the lees until March before blending. After blending it continued to mature until July before bottling.
Deep straw yellow. A classic ripe-fruit Chardonnay nose, with a blend of tropical fruit and vanilla and appealing notes of spice. Elegant structure with a fresh acidity and superb finish.
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