2016 ISOLE E OLENA CHIANTI CLASSICOIsole e Olena
Producer: Isole e Olena
Grape: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 5% Shiraz
Pronunciation: Key-an-ti Class-iko’
Zone: Chianti Classico DOCG
The name ëIsole e Olenaí came about in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, ëIsoleí and ëOlenaí, were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined to form one. The history of both estates dates back many hundreds of years, and the earliest documentation of the vilage of Olena goes as far back as the 12th century. During the 1950s, the De Marchi family planted new specialised vineyards and expanded the celars. Today, the estate is run by Paolo De Marchi and his wife Marta. Paolo comes from a family with three generations of winemaking experience in the northern part of Piemonte and his older son, Luca, now runs the family estate there, Proprieta Sperino.
Tasting note: A deep crimson red colour. Typical sour cherry and red fruit character with 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.
Growing System: Guyot
Production: Fermentation took place in tank with 15 days maceration, delestage and pumping-over twice a day. Delestage (or ërack and returnë) is a method of extraction during fermentation which gives wines of good colour and soft tannins. The maceration tank is emptied of fermenting must, the cap alowed to dry out for two to three hours and then the must is poured back over the cap. De Marchi first experimented with this method in 196 and subsequently began using it for al red wines from the 197 vintage. Maturation lasted one year and took place in barel (of which 5% in new oak) and 4,00 litre oak casks.
Alcohol (%) 13.5%