Chianti Classico “Berardenga” DOCG

Felsina was founded in 1966 by Domenico Poggiali, who developed the properties, wines and business side in the following years along with his son Giuseppe Poggiali. Later, his son-in-law also called Giuseppe and finally Giuseppe’s first son, Giovanni, representing the third generation, joined the company. The property extends at least 500 (1,235 acres) hectares with 90 hectares (222 acres) under vine. The many different vineyards feature very specific microclimates, each one unlike any other. Altitudes vary from 350 to 420 meters (1,148 to 1,378 feet) above sea level, with soils that range from clay to alberese, rich in minerals and fossils. Because of this extraordinary variety, the Sangiovese di Felsina, or Sangioveto, was born. The combinations of soils and clones together have become a precious asset for the winery to pass on to future generations.

Felsina has a strong focus on crafting excellent Chianti Classico, specifically in the Castelnuovo Berardenga district, which is in the southeastern corner of the appellation. Each vineyard has been thoroughly studied to identify which clones would best thrive.

The hillside vineyards for this wine enjoy southwestern exposure and good altitudes, with varied but typical soil compositions – predominantly rock quartz, limestone, sandstone and alberese – in the area that contribute to the unique terroir.

100% Sangiovese grapes are fermented in stainless steel and aged in second- and third-use Slavonian oak casks, with a small percentage in smaller barrels. The wines are then blended and aged in bottle for a few more months.


Wine exported to

Bermuda, Canada, Australia

Grape Varieties:

100% Sangiovese

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

12-15 days

Type of yeast:

Selected

Fermentation temperature:

28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)

Maceration technique:

Automatic punchdowns and pumpovers

Length of maceration:

16-20 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

Plant protein

Aging containers:

Barrels

Container age:

Used

Type of oak:

Slavonian

Bottling period:

January

Aging before bottling:

12 months

Aging in bottle:

3 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

Yes

Vineyard name:

Berardenga

Vineyard location:

Chianti Classico, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany

Soil composition:

Sandstone and alberese

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

320-420 (1,050-1,378 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,400 plants per hectare

Exposure:

Southwestern

Age of vines:

20-30 years old

Time of harvest:

Mid-September

First vintage of this wine:

1967

Total yearly production (in bottles):

180,000

Tasting notes:

Ruby red with deep intensity and hue. Fruity, fine and elegant aromas dominated by wild berries, along with array of spicy notes. Fruity on the palate with good tannins and a lingering finish

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs well with red meats, game, and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

5-8 years

Alcohol:

13.50%

Winemaker:

Franco Bernabei