Isole e Olena, Chianti Classico 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Tuscany

  • Area:

    Chianti Classico

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Sangiovese

  • Grape Blend:

    Sangiovese 80%, Canaiolo 10%, Syrah 5%

  • Winemaker:

    Paolo de Marchi

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This Chianti Classico is crimson in colour with typical sour cherry and bramble notes. The palate has a supple, lithe character full of perfumed fruit and is given depth by a mineral vein. Structure comes from the taut acidity and tannin structure.

Production Notes

Fermentation took place in tank with 15 days of maceration, delestage (or rack and return) and pumping-over twice a day. De Marchi first experimented with the delestage method in 1996 and subsequently began using it for all red wines from the 1997 vintage. Maturation lasted one year and took place in barrel (of which 5% was new oak) and 4,000 litre oak casks.

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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.