Chianti Classico Tenuta Cappellina
Chianti Classico is a wine very expressive of its region and roots, the result of centuries of tradition.
Tenuta Cappellina’s work in the vineyards and careful selection results in softer, easier drinking wines, more suited to the current consumer taste.
The blend for the exceptional 2019 could not be more traditional – 95% Sangiovese with 5% of the native variety Canaiolo giving it the perfect fresh element.
It has 18-24 months in Slavonian oak casks – very fashionable in Piedmonte as the woods tight grain and large barrel size imparts lower oak aromatics, more subtle flavours and softer tannins.
Certified organic. 20,000 bottles produced.
An open bouquet and balanced, smooth yet complex wine with concentrated fruit and a silky long finish with understated oak charter and integrated tannins.
About the Producer
Tenuta Cappellina are a small privately owned boutique winery with a passion to make great wines and respect the biodiversity of their small corner of Tuscany.
It has taken a decade of work in the vineyards with sustainable organic farming practices to remove all trace of chemicals and create a haven for wildlife both in the rewilded areas of the estate and between the vines in the vineyard.
Biodiversity of the vineyard is boosted by planting cover crops between the vines to attract the insects that eat the bugs that damage the fruit. Soil quality is constantly tested and where it need improving cow manure from local organic farms is used as fertiliser.
80% of the estate is woodland and over the past few years they have allowed the forests to thicken to protect wild boar, deer, porcupines, pine martins, red squirrels and recently for the first time have had sightings of the Eurasian wolf.
Grapes are grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilisers. They only use low levels of certified organic copper and sulphur where intervention is necessary to protect the fruit from egg laying insects and mould. These sit on the surface of plants (and wash away in the rain), in contrast to chemical pesticides that are absorbed by the plant – and end up in your wine!
Wines are crafted without the addition of any chemicals, including preservatives, dyes or sugar. There is minimium use of sulphites.
Alex Burge, Managing Director of Tenuta Cappellina, is the man who had the vision to convert to a sustainable, organic and award-winning winery. With English and Dutch parents he was brought up in Sicily, before returning to the UK to gain a degree at Cambridge. His career started in Bordeaux where he worked in the wine industry for a number of years as a Negociant, before returning to his native Italy to run the sales and marketing departments in a number of well-known wineries.
Atillio Pagli is one of the most prestigious consulting oenologists in the world; working all over Italy as well as in South America and is featured in Decanter Magazine’s list of the world’s top winemakers.