|Winery||Castellare di Castellina|
|Appellation or Vine||Chianti Classico D.O.C.G.|
|Composition||Sangiovese (95%), Canaiolo (5%)|
|Glass type||Chianti Classico|
This Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. is produced exclusively with the Sangioveto grape variety and a small quantity of Canaiolo. Reaching maturity in tonneau and small barrels of French oak at around 9 months, followed by an equivalent period in the bottle. Using only native vines and no Cabernet or Merlot, it maintains the traditional formula of the most famous of Italian wines without conforming to the fashion for using southern Italian grapes which darken the beautiful ruby-red of Sangioveto. A wine which in it’s authenticity attains maximum elegance.
The producerCastellare di Castellina is a winery of around 80 hectares in the heart of Chianti Classico territory at Castellina in Chianti. The vineyards comprise around 33 hectares facing south-east and are situated on the hills of a natural amphitheatre. At around 370 metres above sea level, the vines range between 5 and 30 years in age .The yield per hectare at Castellare is very low, in fact considerably lower than the specification for maximum yield as stated by D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico regulations. Optimum exposure to the sun, good drainage and a soil which combines limestone, galestro and a little clay, make for a wine that is well structured, intense and appropriate for long ageing in the bottle. In the late seventies the winery was bought by publisher Paolo Panerai. An immediate census of the vineyards was undertaken and the best specimens of Sangioveto, a native and noble variety of Sangiovese, and Malvasia Nera, a variety considered to give a particular character to vine, were chosen. An experimental vineyard was planted on the estate in collaboration with the Universities of Milan and Florence and the Institute of San Michele al’Adige allowing further research on the best clones as well as the propagation of selected vines with which to renew the vineyards. Every year an illustration of a different bird is reproduced on the labels of Castellare, chosen from those in danger of extinction and as a sign of the care taken by the company in relation to the natural environment. In fact, the use of herbicides, pesticides and all other chemical products is strictly avoided.
Best withTuscan cured ham and salami, game, red meat.
How to serve itServe at 18 degrees in a transparent crystal stem glass.
How to keepIf stored well can normally be consumed within 4-5 years, the bottle should be stacked horizontally in a cool, humid and dark cellar.