A Chianti Superiore that lives up to its name
Chianti Superiore is produced all over the Chianti territory except in Chianti Classico. It indicates the best grape and Chianti wine selections
by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, agriturismo, winery
2015 a year with highs and lows: our vineyards a spectacular harvest, whereas just a few miles away the hail destroyed roofs and even cars. We feel exceptionally lucky!
The great vintages of the last thirty years such as 2010 and 2015 have great similarities: rainy winter, bad weather in the spring which disturbed the flowering and reduced the number of clusters produced, hot summer with very high temperatures in July and cooler ones in August, clear sky during the harvest.
A scheme which brings to the production of great red wines. 2015 was consequently an excellent year.
At Fattoria del Colle the vineyards are on top of the hill, 404 m above sea level. The quaternary deep soils have mostly sea sands and fragments of sandstone. The older vineyards were planted in 1996; the youngest are 10 years old. They are organically grown and the training system chosen is spurred cordon
They are a beauty to see, because the vine are healthy, in a natural balance with the beautiful surrounding landscape, which is intact and preserved through the centuries: no factories, no intensive farming, nothing different from hundreds of years ago.
The Chianti Superiore by Donatella Cinelli Colombini is practically only Sangiovese; the addition of a few clusters of other varieties is in respect of the tradition that wants Chianti to be a mix. Its main element is consequently the gentle elegance of the Sangiovese, with that characteristic aroma of violets which characterizes this appellation.
Type: dry red
Production area: Trequanda, Toscana, Fattoria del Colle.
Vintage characteristics: rainy winter, very rainy spring with damages for the flowering which resulted in a low yield of grapes. July very hot, August mild with some showers and big change in temperature between night and day that continued through the harvest.
Grape types: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo
Grape harvest: from September 21st to 30th. The grapes were handpicked and carefully chosen in the vineyard and on the sorting tables.
Vinification: The grape-seeds were perfectly lignified; the grapes were perfectly sound and small in size, which helped the procedures in the cellar. Vinification went regularly.
Quantity produced: 20.000 bottles
Colour: dark, brilliant cherry red
Aroma: fine, complex, evident grape aroma together with more evolved elements that recall ripe red berries and violets which is usual in Chianti wines.
Taste: harmonious, thanks for the excellent balance between tannins and fruit. In the mouth it is full, round, warm with a good persistence.
Serve with: may be served with the whole meal and goes equally well with Tuscan, Asian or North European dishes.
Way of serving: Room temperature (18°C) in crystal tulip shaped wine goblets.
Home ageing: 3-4 years after the harvest. Keep the bottles lying down in a cool dark place.