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 2013

  • 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, Fontainbleau,Never (20% new barriques)          
Specifications
  • BRIX 23,9
  • ALCOHOL 13,6%
  • PH 3,55
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 22,2
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 2,7
  • Total acidity 6,0
  • Malic Acidity 2,00
  • Volatile Acidity 0,26
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 118
  • Free 39
TASTING

Straw yellow color, very intense bouquet with fruity notes of pear, citrus fruits and slight hints of vanilla and white flowers. Strong structure and great dimension, supported by a vibrating acidity that confers freshness. Well-balanced and persistent finish. 

  • 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
TASTING

Extremely intense color.  Floral and fruit aromas in harmony, with strong notes of pear, citrus and a hint of toasted hazelnut. The structure is substantial and smooth, with a pleasant acidity both up front and lasting well into the finish.

  • 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
TASTING

Straw yellow color with light green reflections. Very intense floral bouquet, with hints of pear, citrus and a soft touch of toasted hazelnut. The structure is powerful and silky, with a strong acidity that makes this wine very appealing. Very persistent finish.

  • 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
TASTING

Straw yellow with light green reflections. Very intense bouquet, with hints of pear, citrus and a soft touch of toasted hazelnut. The structure is powerful and silky, with a strong acidity that makes this wine very fresh and appealing. Very persistent finish.

  • 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
TASTING

Pale straw color. Extremely intense bouquet, with fruity notes of pear and citrus, as well as more gentle and complex hints of almond and vanilla. On the palate the wine is full, supported by excellent acidity which gives great freshness. Particularly long in the final. 

  • 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
TASTING

Pale straw color. Very fresh aromas with gentle, floral and fruity notes of pear, melon, peach and citrus. On the palate the wine is full, supported by excellent acidity. Overall the wine is characterized by good balance and a long finish. 

  • 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
TASTING

Yellow straw color. Strong fresh aromas with gentle, floral and fruity notes of pear, melon, peach and citrus. On the palate, as it is supported by an excellent acidity, it results potent. The effect is a wine with good balance and long after tasting. 

  • 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
TASTING

Complex yellow straw color. The bouquet is gentle and fruity with aromas of pear and apricot. On the palate it is powerful and supported by a good acidity. The result is a wine very well balanced. 

  • 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
TASTING

Yellow straw color. Intense and gentle fruity and floral aromas with notes of pear and apricot followed by elder. Full-bodied with vanilla hints on the long finish. This wine is very enjoyable since now but good in one year or more. 

  • 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
TASTING

Deep yellow straw color. Intense and very fresh aromas of white flowers and pear followed by apricot and vanilla. Full-bodied with a long finish this wine is enjoyable since now but good for aging. 

  • 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
TASTING

Deep straw color. Intense and very fresh aromas of matured peach and vanilla with slight hints of cream and coffee. Full-bodied with a long finish this wine is enjoyable since now but good for aging. 

  • 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
TASTING

The light straw color hits a big and intriguing variety of aromas most of all fresh flavors of green apple, with hints of dried fruit in perfect harmony with the honey and fresh backed bread notes. The vanilla aromas coming from the French oak integrate and complete the structure of this wine giving a pleasant wooden note. 

  • 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
TASTING

Light straw color. The bouquet is fresh and fruity in perfect harmony with the tannins. Aromas  of green apple, nectarine, white flowers, with hints of toasted almonds, vanilla and fresh backed bread; Full bodied on the palate with a long, persistent, finish. 

  • 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
TASTING

Light straw color; fresh aromas with hints of nectarine, lemon, green apple, grapefruit and vanilla; bright acidity on the palate with a balanced full body; long, persistent, finish. 

  • 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
TASTING

This wine of intense “sunfilled” color tone offers its first impact with light notes of sweetness and vanilla in an elegant manner.  Sensations of ripe fruit follow, well integrated and pleasant.  On the palate, the wine offers a striking fusion of freshness with the weight and fatness of its style.

  • 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
TASTING

Fresh young color with golden reflexes.  A nose of great complexity; a lot of varietal fruit is well woven into beautiful spices from the wood.  Rich, yet elegant on the palate.  Layers of fruit stand out, with well-balanced and refreshing acidity.  Long finish.

  • 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
TASTING

Fresh young color with golden reflexes.  A nose of great complexity; a lot of varietal fruit is well woven into beautiful spices from the wood.  Rich, yet elegant on the palate. Layers of fruit stand out, with well-balanced and refreshing acidity.  Long finish.

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