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Tenuta di Monte Ficali, Chianti Classico 'Vigna Mezzuola' 2018
85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a Chianti Classico that brings purity, elegance, freshness and finesse from the high altitude vineyards that are situated in Greve - on the border of both the famous localities of Panzano and Badia a Passignano (home of Antinori Solaia). This fruity, spicy red wine has a medium body with aromas and flavours of freshly cut flowers, sweet red berry fruit, tobacco and orange peel. We drank it with venison lasagne and it slips down beautifully. And like all fine wine, you just wish you had another bottle to hand. You’ll also find this excellent to drink in a few years to come. It’s a style that can probably age 10 years or more.
The vineyards are located on steep hillsides 500 m above sea level in the Greve valley and consist of clay-limestone. The vines are planted with a density of 3000 plants per hectare. The grapes are crushed and macerated on the skins for 6 hours at 8° C. The temperature is then brought up to a controlled 28° C for fermentation for about 8 days and then a further period of maceration for 10 days. The wine is aged on the lees for 2 weeks and then matured for 2 months in steel followed by 6 months in 2nd and 3rd passage tonneaux.
Tenuta di Monte-Ficali was the dream and aspiration of Scottish emigrés David Gardner and Catherine Storrar, together with their dear friend Christopher Meyer (originally from the Engadine Valley of Switzerland, but now resident in Miami).
David and Catherine have been resident in Tuscany for nearly 3 decades and have always been involved in the world of hospitality between Florence and the Florentine Chianti Classico wine region. They started their Italian lives as restaurateurs and wine merchants in the capital of Tuscany, but moved out into the idyllic Chianti hills in 2005 , having purchased several years previously a very run-down noble Villa with the accompanying small agricultural estate, the former hunting lodge and renaissance villa of the aristocratic Bordoni family, in the high hills above Greve in Chianti. Villa Bordoni, surrounded by the small hamlet of Mezzuola, had been a thriving wine farm producing Chianti classico wine since 1782. Sadly, by the time David and Catherine found the well-hidden estate, the vineyards had long since been sold off in the lean post-war years, and only parkland and terraced olive groves remained as a core of the formerly large estate.
It had always been their dream to one day make their own wines and to not limit themselves to selling the wines of others. When the opportunity eventually presented itself to buy back some of the vineyards several years later - land that they had been walking through daily - they easily convinced their long time friend Christopher to make a leap of faith and join them on their journey.
Bound together by a shared love of great wine and the hypnotizing, beautiful landscape and terroir of the area, Christopher lept with them hand-in-hand, and the Tenuta di Monte-Ficali was born!
Tenuta di Monte-Ficali is a small boutique winery with humility but ambition. At the helm of our wine making project is our supervising enologist, Paolo Salvi, a renowned Sangiovese expert who carries the torch of the legendary Giulio Gambelli - a.k.a. ‘il bicchierino’ (1926-2012). Paolo has been part of the adventure from the outset, channelling our passion and enthusiasm into a reality in the cellar and quality in the bottle. Fundamental to the work in the cellar is, of course, the work in the vineyard and all this is carried out by our internal winemaker and agronomist Ruggiero Tupputi. He personally undertakes all work in the vineyards and cellars, and is the protagonist in the harvest which is done exclusively by hand and micro-managed to achieve the best possible results.
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