Isole e Olena, Cepparello 2015

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Tuscany

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Sangiovese

  • Grape Blend:

    Sangiovese - 100%

  • Organic:

    Y

  • Winemaker:

    Paolo de Marchi

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Isole e Olena Cepparello 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red in colour, Cepparello has aromas of red fruits and cherries on the nose along with a touch of spice from the well-judged use of oak. The palate opens to ripe fruit and the well-balanced structure of a great Cepparello, as well as elegant, soft tannins and a persistent finish.

Production Notes

After crushing, the must fermented on the skins for 21-28 days at 30-32C, with delestage and pumping over carried out twice a day to give good colour and soft tannins. The maceration tank was emptied of the fermenting must, the cap was dried out for two to three hours and then the must was poured back over the cap. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked into barrels. It was 100% barrel-aged, a third in new French and American oak (5% of the total), a third in one year old oak and the remaining third was put into two year old oak. The wine remained in barrel for 20 months and then matured in bottle before release.

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Producer Profile

Paolo De Marchi's vineyards, like those of Giovanni Manetti at Fontodi, are superbly tended. This, more than anything, yields wines of the quality that have kept them both ahead of the chasing pack for the past three decades. The name 'Isole e Olena' came about in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, 'Isole' and 'Olena', were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined to form one. The history of both estates dates back many hundreds of years, with the earliest documentation of the village of Olena in the 12th century. Isole e Olena is situated in the western part of Chianti Classico, just north of the village of Castellina. Its 45 hectares of vineyard are situated between 350 - 450 metres above sea level, and are planted primarily on galestro soil. Because the western flank of Chianti is open to breezes from the sea, this is a much cooler part of the zone, and results in wines that are lighter but more scented and elegant than many others. Cepparello, Paolo's flagship wine, made solely from Sangiovese, is fragrant with great elegance and balance. His Chianti, a blend of 80% Sangiovese supplemented by Canaiolo, Colorino and a dash of Syrah, is scented and alluring. His Chardonnay is outstanding, one of the best examples of this variety in Italy. The 2017 vintage was particularly difficult for this variety at Isole, with production down 50% due to the combined effect of wild boar damage and exceptionally hot weather.