Fontanelle

Toscana IGT Chardonnay

The Whites

Fontanelle

Production Area

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

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Chardonnay

Tasting

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 room temperature 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 appropriate 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 2015

  • 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 24.2
  • ALCOHOL 14%
  • PH 3,35
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 22,2
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 2,8
  • Total acidity 6,2
  • Malic Acidity 2,00
  • Volatile Acidity 0,25
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 119
  • Free 36
  • Seasonal Outcome The sufficient spring rainfall avoided any water stress during the hot summer months. The quite hot temperatures in July and August, together with a quite wide-range difference in temperature between night and day, favored the grapes maturation. This way, the white grapes could develop an excellent aromatic profile, while the reds could achieve a very good synthesis of polyphenols. September was sunny and dry, with warm temperatures that let complete the ripening of the grapes and yielded for most favorable conditions during the harvest.
TASTING

An extremely intense wine, accompanied by floral scents and fruity notes of pear, citrus and a light hint of toasted hazelnut. In the mouth it has a considerable and silky structure, well supported by an excellent acidity that gives freshness and persistence at the same time.

  • Fontanelle
  • Denomination IGT
  • 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 the 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.

Specifications
  • BRIX 23,5
  • ALCOHOL 13.4%
  • PH 3,45
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 21,8
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 3,1
  • Total acidity 6,2
  • Malic Acidity 2,00
  • Volatile Acidity 0,25
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 115
  • Free 38
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing cycle began slightly in advance. We had a very rainy spring and cool temperatures, and well below the seasonal average, in the summer months. This meant that the maturation of the grapes took place with a delay of about 10 days compared to the previous years. The harvest of early varieties was facilitated by a rather cool beginning of September, while late varieties enjoyed a rise in temperatures in the last decade of the month, which allowed for a full ripening of the grapes.
TASTING

Straw yellow color. The perfumes are fresh, with sweet, floral and fruity notes of pear, melon, peach and citrus. In the mouth it has a considerable size well supported by an excellent acidity. The wine is very well balanced with a long 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, 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
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing cycle began with a significant delay, with some rains during the Spring. June was marked by cooler temperatures, under the seasonal average. August and September were hot and dry, but the ripening, despite two weeks delay, have been supported by water reserves of the previous months. Summer nights were characterized by cooler temperatures, contributing to the improvement of the quality of the grapes. From the end of September, rainfall was abundant, causing problems during the repining, without affecting the vineyards.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing cycle began in the usual time frame, with dry weather in April and May. June was marked by cooler temperatures and a lack of rainfall. Summer saw a return to regular average temperatures in July through mid-August, when a sudden heat wave raised temperatures over 40°C (104°F) through the end of the month. A sun-drenched September, with normal average temperatures, allowed for a good harvest.The growing cycle began in the usual time frame, with dry weather in April and May. June was marked by cooler temperatures and a lack of rainfall. Summer saw a return to regular average temperatures in July through mid-August, when a sudden heat wave raised temperatures over 40°C (104°F) through the end of the month. A sun-drenched September, with normal average temperatures, allowed for a good harvest.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The vine’s growth cycle started at the right time with particularly mild and dry weather in April and May. Sunny days in June were then followed by copious rainfall in mid-July, accompanied by a significant drop in temperature. August was fairly cool, but the region was then covered by an anti-cyclone weather pattern originating from Africa, which led to a spike in temperatures, reaching well above the average for the period and lasting for around two weeks, putting the vines under hydric stress and accelerating the ripening. September and October were sunny and dry with very hot temperatures.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing season began with a slight delay, and spring was characterized by a very rainy May and June. The temperatures in June were very cool and well below the seasonal average but from early July the temperatures began to rise and it became hot in the second week of the month. In August temperatures fell again, and the cool nights contributed to the quality of grapes, both in aromatics and maintaining organic acidity. From mid-August through September there was little rainfall, facilitating a smooth harvest.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The spring start to the growing cycle was marked by abundant rainfall, which helped provide high levels of water reserves. The rainy phase went on, unusually, through mid-July, with temperatures particularly cool and well below the seasonal norm. Through the rest of the season, the weather stayed warm and dry; allowing the vines to take advantage of the water reserves accumulated during the spring. Relatively cool nightly temperatures allowed for the development of aromatics and polyphenols, enhancing the overall quality of the fruit. The harvest went smoothly through an extended period thanks to dry, warm and sunny days in September and October.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The winter, with levels of precipitation above the seasonal average and quite mild temperatures, was followed by a very normal spring, in terms of both rainfalls and temperature. The months of May and June were marked by some rain, with pretty cool temperatures through mid July. The hail storm which took place on August 15th struck only part of our vineyards, sparing our best quality grapes and resulting in only a slight decrease in production. Overall, each of the various growing phases of the vineyard took place slightly later than in previous years, including a two-week postponement of harvest to allow for optimal conditions.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome Following a mild winter, the season started early with an anticipated flowering. Heavy rainfall in late May and early June provided water reserves in the soil and therefore avoided any negative consequences from a mid-June heat wave. The harvest started about one week ahead of time and lasted even until mid October without any difficulties thanks to ideal weather conditions in the fall.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The regular rainfalls throughout spring allowed for good hydro conditions during the hot summer months. The hot temperatures during July yielded for an exceptional ripening of the grapes helped by the right temperature range between day and night in August. The warm September allowed for an excellent harvesting.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The regular seasonal conditions during spring were marked by a hailstorm that reduced the production. The moderate temperatures in summer with a fresh August permitted to the vines not to suffer any hydric stress. The warm and sunny September allowed for a good harvesting.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome A regular growth starting with sufficient rainfall during spring to create good water reserves in the soil. Overall summer temperatures were lower than the last ones and most importantly, normal patterns of more than significant variations between daytime and night temperatures returned, yielding for a slow and balanced ripening.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The seasonal conditions were marked by a severe spring frost and by one of the most severe heat waves in European history that greatly anticipated the start of the annual harvest. Fortunately, the heavy rainfall of the previous winter allowed for abundant water reserves in the soil, thus avoiding the risk of hydric stress for the plants. The spring frost, combined with the hot summer, allowed for a rich and concentrated fruit, even if greatly reduced in quantity. Most importantly, normal patterns of significant variations between daytime and night temperatures returned, adding finesse and complexity to this very good vintage. The exceptionally healthy berries of this vintage allow for an optimal quality harvesting.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome A warm and dry start to the season yielded to heavy rains in August and September, delaying normal development. Fortunately, the early harvest of the Chardonnay was completed as the rains began to fall, minimizing any negative impact. Generous spacing between rows of vines also played a positive role, allowing for optimal airflow and avoiding risk of mold.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome The seasonal conditions were marked by a severe early frost on Easter Eve that reduced the production. Subsequently, sufficient rainfall at the end of June allowed for an optimal balance of water reserves in the soil. The temperature climbed gradually from mid July, without reaching any excessively high peak. Optimal harvest conditions.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome Seasonal conditions were quite regular through August, with the right amount of winter rainfall, appropriate spring temperatures, and well-balanced vegetation by early summer. Subsequently, in mid to late August, unusually high temperature brought on an acceleration of maturation and increased concentration of sugars. To preserve the freshness and fruitiness of the aroma, harvest began early and rapidly. It was one of the most challenging vintages in our estate’s history.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome A slightly early start to spring growth, followed by sufficient rainfall in the second half of June allowed for an optimal balance of water reserves in the soil. The plants enjoyed a cool sunny Summer that without any stress leaded to ideal harvest conditions.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome This vintage is most noted for a particularly dry summer. Torrid heat in late July through mid August had great influence on the quality of the grapes, causing a very contained development of the plant and fruit. Small berry size with a higher proportion of solids (skins and seeds) to juice influenced the vinification process as well. Manual harvest, soft pressing and temperature-controlled barrel fermentation allowed us to extract a good bouquet while maintaining excellent structure for this wine.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome Heavy April frosts seriously reduced yield and led to an early harvest, but exceptionally high sugar content made for outstanding quality.
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
  • Seasonal Outcome A normal spring, with a slight delay in the growing season that was recovered in early summer. Despite rains that disrupted the later half of the harvest season, conditions at harvest for Fontanelle were ideal.
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.

PRIVACY POLICY

Banfi S.r.l. places fundamental importance on your personal privacy. Banfi S.r.l. takes all steps to protect the personal information of the users. Optimal service is possible when we can assure that the user is aware of and understands the norms and criteria adopted for our privacy policy. The criteria used by Banfi S.r.l. regarding personal information are as follows:
 
Why personal information is collected?
Banfi S.r.l. gathers and uses personal information of the users to guarantee optimal service and to facilitate access to a broad range of products and services. Furthermore, the personal information is used to keep every user updated on new offerings and other information that Banfi S.r.l. believe may be useful to the user. Furthermore, personal information could be used to contact the user to invite the user to participate in eventual market research that allows us to both evaluate the level of user satisfaction and to develop superior products.
 
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When personal information is revealed
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