When a Chianti wine truly deserves the Superiore description
The description ‘Superiore’, when used in relation to wine, indicates wine produced from the best Chianti vineyards which have a purposely controlled low production of grapes. The wine has to remain in the cellar for a longer period of time than the normal Chianti wines so as to achieve a higher quality of taste. Our Chianti tells about Tuscany:- it has an austere and elegant character, and demonstrates the distinct and generous flavours of this region. Here we present to you the 2009 vintage, which is just having its marketing debut
Chianti Superiore 2009
Grapes: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo
The Winter and the Spring were very wet in 2009. The Summer was late in coming but when it did arrive it was very hot, and then in September we had some rain fall and the temperature dropped. The weather was favourable throughout the harvest.
In the Fattoria del Colle, in 2009 the best grapes came from the Sangiovese vineyards which were over 10 years old, they were some of the last to be picked which meant that they benefitted from the sunny days during the harvesting period.
For the first time in 2009, our wine expert Barbara Magnani, used the Dyostem, a scanner that measures the aromatic maturity of the grapes and helps us to choose the perfect day on which to harvest each vineyard. The grapes were hand-picked and transported to the cellar in 20 kg boxes, the fermentation took place in thermo-regulated steel vats. In 2009, we produced 20,000 bottles of Chianti Superiore wine
Colour: dark ruby red.
Bouquet: delicate, complex, rich with the flavour of the ripe red berries.
Taste: harmonious, full-bodied, hint of tannin, with a long lasting taste.
One of the strengths of Chianti is its ability to accompany and compliment many different dishes beautifully: it can be enjoyed throughout the meal with every course but it best compliments savoury meat dishes and cheese platters.
It is best served at room temperature (18-20 degrees C) in large bowled crystal wine glasses.
If you want to preserve the wine, the bottles must be laid in a dark and cool storage area. The best time to drink it is within 4 years of its harvest