The 2018 will be a year of great and important news for the Fattoria Montecchio. The first, in temporal order, was presented as an exclusive preview at the Chianti Classico Collection at the Stazione Leopolda and at the Prowein fair in Dusserdolf. from 15 to 18 April 2018, will also be present at Vinitaly in Verona (C4 stand - 9 Tuscany Pavilion).
It is his new line of Chianti Classico DOCG 2015 and Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2013, bottled in a rounded Bordeaux shape reminiscent of a half magnum, with a precious braille label. An elegant line, captivating in look and not only that, by slightly changing the blend, aims to become the icon of Fattoria Montecchio.
"A production line - explains the owner of the Fattoria Montecchio, Riccardo Nuti - which joins the previous one and which, little by little, we want it to become the image through which the Montecchio Farm will be recognized ”. A new bottle but also a new content. “The blends change very little, - adds Nuti - and the selection is better, more accurate; in short, to make the comparison with the Florentine steak, this line will be a bit like the "fillet" of our Sangiovese, our Merlot and our Cabernet Sauvignon. The peculiarity will be the addition of Alicante ”.
The first production is of only 7000 bottles for each of the two types Chianti Classico Vintage 2015 and Chianti Classico 2013 Riserva, which will be marketed in 2018.
“The other production line will not fail - underlines the owner of the Fattoria Montecchio - but we will continue to sell it on other channels. The new line will instead be destined for direct sales and the Ho.re.ca. channel, ie wine bars and restaurants ”.
And in gestation there is also the third label: the Grand Selection. In this case it is an absolute novelty for the Montecchio Farm, of which Nuti anticipates some details. “We will start with the 2015 vintage - he says - which, in compliance with the Chianti Classico disciplinary, we will present on the market at the end of the year. The real spearhead will be our Grand Selection: a pure Sangiovese vinified half traditionally and half in amphora ".
In this regard, we recall that the Montecchio Farm has a personal and original history, about the rediscovery of this ancient method of winemaking: that in terracotta amphorae. In fact, having an ancient furnace from the 1800s inside the estate, it was able to produce an artifact functional to the aging and winemaking process, thanks to the collaboration with Professor Massimo Ricci, a UNESCO restoration expert and professor of Technology of Architecture at the University of Florence. This experience, which the journalist and sommelier, Emanuele Vescovo, has enclosed in a publication entitled "From terracotta to wine", Has resulted in the birth of the Priscus, a pure Sangiovese, rich and structured which, not surprisingly, bears the name of a Roman gladiator (once again this year the artefacts of the Antica Fornace Montecchio will be on display at Enolitech, which always takes place at Verona, on the same days as Vinitaly, at the D3 stand Hall F).
To explain what "technically" changes in the new production line, is Dr. Stefano Di Blasi, winemaker of Fattoria Montecchio.
“Basically, the base is always Sangiovese, which remains almost entirely in percentage. This is accompanied by the best selections of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante blends ”. The differences will therefore not be so much in the blend as in the "philosophical" approach. “The new wines - he continues Of Blasi - compared to those produced up to now, they have in fact a “sartorial” cut, that is, in the various types, they represent the maximum expression of the territory. We have therefore tried to rediscover what are the most consolidated tastes of tradition to enclose them in the expression of a greater purity and authenticity of the local Sangiovese. Thus, if in the Chianti Classico of the "traditional line" we add 10% Merlot, so that it is easier to approach for a wide range of consumers, in the "Primum line" we try to stay totally on Sangiovese, with a path that follows a little 'that search for authenticity and territoriality made in Burgundy for Pinot Noir ”.
La Fattoria Montecchio, which has a production on 30 hectares of vineyards, then goes to a niche product: a wine for those who really love, understand and appreciate the characteristics of Sangiovese.