Montesodi Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2017


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Castello di Nipozzano Montesodi Chianti Rufina Riserva is possibly the most famous of all the Marchesi di Frescobaldi's creations. Sumptuous aromas of blueberry, cherry and herb dominate the nose, with violets, rhubarb, cigar box and leather. Mineral, liquorice and eucalypt flavours are underpinned by soft, ripe tannins.

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The vineyard is situated in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area on hills that overlook the river Arno. The balanced combination of altitude, soil and a cool, ventilated microclimate, enables the vines to enjoy ideal conditions for optimum growth. The vineyard covers 18 hectares and is situated at 400 metres above sea level with a south westerly orientation. The soils are dry and rocky limestone with calcareous clay, which are well drained and poor in organic substances. The vines are over 20 years old. They are trained according to the Guyot method and are planted at a density of 5,850 vines per hectare.

The grapes were hand-harvested into 15 kilogram crates before being carefully selected on the sorting table, choosing only the healthy and highest quality clusters based on phenolic ripeness. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures lasting 10 days; maceration was defined by tasting and lasted for approximately 30 days. The wine was racked bringing malolactic conversion to a close. Montesodi was aged for 18 months in 30 hectolitre French and Austrian oak casks. Subsequent bottling ageing enabled the maximum expression of elegance.

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RRP £41.50
Vintage 2015
Alcoholic strength 14.5%
Serve with Pheasant or pan-fried beef
Awards Tre Bicchieri, Gambero Rosso, 2019, 2018; 93 pts, James Suckling, 2021
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Grapes Sangiovese 100%
Body D
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork
Castello Nipozzano

Tradition, innate elegance and the essence of the Renaissance: Tuscany exudes an aura of timelessness that has inspired generations of the Frescobaldi family and is now an integral part of their vineyards. The Nipozzano Estate is located in one of the traditional areas of Chianti: Chianti Rufina, which is the smallest and most elevated Chianti sub-appellation. The 11th century castle is located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina, which holds the family cellar including wines dating back to 1864. The uniqueness of the Nipozzano terroir continues to produce wines with a wide range of aromas and extraordinary longevity. Gambero Rosso awarded Frescobaldi with the prestigious ‘Tre Bicchieri Winery of the Year Award 2020’, in recognition of its uncompromising commitment to quality and innovation.

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