Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

£36.99

TASTING NOTE

Deep ruby red in colour with a rich, spicy nose with floral and wild berry notes. The Rancia shows great elegance and finesse on the palate with a fine mineral note. It is opulent with a tight-knit structure, soft, ripe berry characters and a long, spicy finish.

The Rancia vineyard lies entirely within the Chianti Classico zone, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, north east of Siena. It is situated at 400 metres above sea level, facing south. The vines were planted between 1958-1982, with newer plantings using genetic material from the old Rancia vineyard. It covers approximately six hectares with a total of 13,980 vines. Vines are trained according to a simple guyot system, with an average yield of 40-45 hectolitres per hectare. Soils are quartzitic blue-grey sandstone, with layers of sand and calcareous albarese mixed with alluvial pebbles. In the higher areas, the soil is a limestone marl galestro mix. Grapes are hand-picked.

A continuous seesaw in climate evolution characterised all four seasons of 2011. A rainy and mild winter led to a spring which started 10 days earlier than usual, with temperatures above the seasonal average in April. Abundant rains at the end of May and beginning of June guaranteed optimal water supplies to the vines which grew with a little advance with respect to traditional vegetative growth. Summer heat favoured perfect grape ripening. Harvest in 2011 began 15-20 days early and was carried out from the beginning of September to early October. Grapes were of excellent quality, though quantity was 10 per cent lower than usual.

After de-stemming and crushing, fermentation took place at 28-30°C, with automatic daily punching down of the cap, followed by 12-15 days maceration. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was racked into first and second use, 225-litre oak barrels in March where it remained for between 12 and 18 months. It aged for a further with six to ten months in bottle before release.

14% abv

 

Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2011
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