Fontodi Wine Tasting Dinner
FONTODI WINE TASTING DINNER
A rare opportunity to meet iconic producer, Giovanni Manetti
Wednesday 13th November 2018
7.00 – 10.30 pm
£170 per person
The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1968 but has been in Chianti for centuries, producing the finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. The same attention to detail that makes them the best producers of terracotta has been brought to bear on Fontodi over the past 50 years, and has transformed a crumbling farmhouse with a few hectares of vineyard into one of Chianti Classico’s most impressive estates.
Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards and cellar are immaculately tended. Giovanni’s 90 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime ‘conca d’oro’ (golden shell) of Panzano, giving wines of supreme elegance, intensity and longevity. The south-facing vineyards and their natural amphitheatre shape allow the grapes to ripen fully. Soils here allow for excellent drainage, encouraging the vines to put down deep roots. Giovanni has converted to organic viticulture and is now following biodynamic principles in order to obtain the best quality fruit.
In the winery, his approach is similarly non-interventionist in order to ensure that the quality of fruit is preserved in the finished wine.
Meriggio Sauvignon Blanc 2016
The original blend in 1984 was made with other grapes such as Pinot Bianco and Traminer; however with time, the wine evolved into a mono-variety, partially fermented in oak to give extra creaminess
Chianti Classico 2015
This wine most represents the house style; robust with refined, polished tannins, it has great purity and length. It impresses for its textural richness, striking aromatics and tons of persistence
Case Via Syrah 2009
Manetti experimented with French grape varieties to understand their unique varietal character. This Syrah has been a challenge, but also a great success, resembling the Guigal style of Cote Rotie
Chianti Classico Riserva "Vigna del Sorbo" 2012
Planted in 1981, south-west facing at 400m asl, the 2012 was the first vintage of Vigna del Sorbo with 100% Sangiovese. "An exceptionally beautiful and polished wine; the elimination of 10% Cabernet Sauvignon has elevated the Sorbo to an even higher level than has been the norm of late" 98/100 Antonio Galloni
The Flaccianello is made from a selection of the best grapes from the best sites of the Fontodi vineyards. "The 2006 is an incredible wine; it shows aromas of violet. berry, liquorice and fresh porcini mushrooms as well. It's full and very balanced with fresh acidity and wonderful length. Fabulous. Give it time still, if you can hold yourself back from drinking it" 99/100 James Suckling
Dino Colli Toscana Centrale 2014
Giovanni never rests on his laurels. This, his latest project, a work in progress. Sangiovese fermented and macerated for 9 months in terracotta amphorae then bottled after another 6 months ageing. Dino Amphora honours its Tuscan heritage by ageing in orci - traditional amphorae crafted of Tuscan clay (see below) made by Giovanni's family business (Manetti Gusmano & Figli) who still make terracotta tiles today
Vin Santo del Chianti 2007
Made with 50% Malvasia and 50% Sangiovese, the grapes were picked in late October in 5kg crates and naturally dried for 5 months. Gently pressed for 12 hours and aged for 5 years in chestnut and oak barrels of 50 and 110 litres.
The wines accompany some classic dishes revisited by Head Chef Massimo Tagliaferri and capture the essence of Tuscan cuisine, whose wholesomeness compliments the wines so well
Monday - Thursday, Lunch 12.00 - 14.30, Dinner 18.30 - 22.30
Friday & Saturday, Lunch 12.00 - 14.30, Dinner 18.30 - 23.00