Fontanelle

Toscana IGT Chardonnay

The Whites

Production Area

Estate vineyards in the southern hills of Montalcino. Altitude: 250 meters above sea level. Position: Hillside.

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Chardonnay

Method of production

The whole grape bunches are chilled to 8-10°C prior pressing and destemming. The free-run juice is then separated and clarified over 48 hours by cold sedimentation, and only the clear must is racked into barriques and inoculated with yeasts for the alcoholic fermentation. After fermentation, the roomtemperature is lowered to 10°C to avoid the beginning of malolactic fermentation. An aging period on the fine lees follows during 5-6 months with a weekly stirring of the lees. An 8-10-month bottle aging concludes the cycle.

The winemaker comment

This 100% Chardonnay belongs to Castello Banfi estate-bottled single-varietals range. Thanks to the microclimate of our Montalcino vineyards and to the aging in barrique this is an aritstocratic favorite, a varietal imbued with complexity.

Wine awards 2011

Vintage notes 2012

  • Fontanelle Toscana IGT
  • Denomination IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production 75% in French Oak barriques, 25% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, at 16 degree centigrade for 16 days, malolactic: partial.  Aged in the barrel for 7 months.  Origin of barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleau, never (20% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 23.8
  • ALCOHOL 13%
  • PH 3.24
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 22.2
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 2.5
  • Color intensity Bentonite
  • Total acidity 6.0
  • Malic Acidity 1.95
  • Volatile Acidity 0.16
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 112
  • Free 34
TASTING

Greenish yellow color. The nose conveys immediately floral hints, well integrated with fruity notes of pear, citrus and vanilla. The structure is strong, smooth and supported by a lively acidity, that gives freshness and persistent, and vanilla which comes back to the retro-olfactory aromas.

  • Fontanelle
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 75% in French Oak barriques 25% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 16 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (20% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 25
  • ALCOHOL 14.5%
  • PH 3.35
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 23.4
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 2.5
  • Total acidity 6.3
  • Malic Acidity 1.95
  • Volatile Acidity 0.25
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 115
  • Free 36
  • Fontanelle
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 75% in French Oak barriques 25% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 16 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (20% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 12.9%
  • PH 3.21
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 21
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 2.1
  • Total acidity 5.5
  • Malic Acidity 2
  • Volatile Acidity 0.27
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 118
  • Free 38
  • Fontanelle
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 75% in French Oak barriques 25% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 16 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (20% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 24.5
  • ALCOHOL 14.2%
  • PH 3.36
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 22.68
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 2.1
  • Total acidity 6.4
  • Malic Acidity 2.23
  • Volatile Acidity 0.4
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 123
  • Free 33
  • Fontanelle
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 75% in French Oak barriques 25% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 16 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (20% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 23.7
  • ALCOHOL 13.5%
  • PH 3.33
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 20.86
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.54
  • Total acidity 5.79
  • Malic Acidity 2.03
  • Volatile Acidity 0.4
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 105
  • Free 32
  • Fontanelle
  • Denomination Sant'Antimo DOC
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 75% in French Oak barriques 25% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 16 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (20% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 22.9
  • ALCOHOL 13.5%
  • PH 3.41
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 23.36
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.56
  • Total acidity 5.71
  • Malic Acidity 1.59
  • Volatile Acidity 0.29
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 110
  • Free 39
  • Fontanelle
  • Denomination Sant'Antimo DOC
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 75% in French Oak barriques 25% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 16 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (20% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 23.6
  • ALCOHOL 13.8%
  • PH 3.40
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 19.58
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.9
  • Total acidity 5.36
  • Malic Acidity 2.13
  • Volatile Acidity 0.35
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 120
  • Free 42
  • Fontanelle
  • Denomination Sant'Antimo DOC
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 80% in French Oak barriques 20% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 16 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (30% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 23.6
  • ALCOHOL 13.3%
  • PH 3.43
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 21.5
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.66
  • Total acidity 5.41
  • Malic Acidity 1.88
  • Volatile Acidity 0.22
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 100
  • Free 36
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 80% in French Oak barriques 20% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 16 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (30% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 24
  • ALCOHOL 13.6%
  • PH 3.5
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 19.8
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.3
  • Total acidity 5.0
  • Malic Acidity 1.94
  • Volatile Acidity 0.23
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 103
  • Free 37
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 80% in French Oak barriques 20% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 18 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (30% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 12.8%
  • PH 3.41
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 22.6
  • Total acidity 5.9
  • Malic Acidity 1.76
  • Volatile Acidity 0.27
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 98
  • Free 33
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 80% in French Oak barriques 20% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 18 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (30% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 13%
  • PH 3.39
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 20.6
  • Total acidity 5.6
  • Malic Acidity 2.08
  • Volatile Acidity 0.25
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 105
  • Free 35
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 80% in French Oak barriques 20% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 18 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (30% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 22.5
  • ALCOHOL 12.5%
  • PH 3.44
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 21
  • Total acidity 5.8
  • Malic Acidity 1.17
  • Volatile Acidity 0.35
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 90
  • Free 28
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 80% in French Oak barriques 20% in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 18 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 7 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, Fontainbleu, Never (30% new barriques).  
Specifications
  • BRIX 22.5
  • ALCOHOL 12.8%
  • PH 3.45
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 21.8
  • Total acidity 5.4
  • Malic Acidity 1.17
  • Volatile Acidity 0.35
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 95
  • Free 28
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: in French Oak barriques. Temperature: 18 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 10 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers, from France’s Massif Central forest (50% new barriques).
Specifications
  • BRIX 22
  • ALCOHOL 12.4%
  • PH 3.44
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 20.2
  • Total acidity 5.4
  • Malic Acidity 1.23
  • Volatile Acidity 0.29
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 98
  • Free 30
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: in French Oak barriques. Temperature: 18 degrees centigrade. Length: 12 days. Malolactic: Partial. Length of Barrel Aging: 10 months. Origin of Barrel: Allier, Chers from France’s Massif Central forest.
Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 13.0%
  • PH 3.29
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 20.8
  • Total acidity 5.3
  • Malic Acidity 0.91
  • Volatile Acidity 0.41
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 85
  • Free 23
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 15% In temp.-controlled stainless steel tanks, 85% in small oak barrel. Temperature: 14-26 degrees centigrade. Length: 14 days. Malolactic: Yes, 40%. Length of Barrel Aging: 11 months. Origin of Barrel: Nevers/Allier/Troncais from France’s Massif Central forest.
Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 13.0%
  • PH 3.45
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 19.3
  • Total acidity 5.2
  • Malic Acidity 1.0
  • Volatile Acidity 0.41
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 91
  • Free 26
  • Fontanelle
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
  • Method of production Method: 15% In temp.-controlled stainless steel tanks, 85% in small oak barrel. Temperature: 16-25 degrees centigrade. Length: 15 days. Malolactic: Yes, 80%. Length of Barrel Aging: 11 months. Origin of Barrel: Nevers/Allier/Troncais from France’s Massif Central forest.
Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 13.4%
  • PH 3.51
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 20.6
  • Total acidity 4.8
  • Malic Acidity 0.3
  • Volatile Acidity 0.49
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 95
  • Free 29

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