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Tenuta La Novella 2004

Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

80 % Sangiovese, 10 % Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Canaiolo, 3% Teroldego
Age of vines : 15 years.
Yield: 35 hl/ha.

Farmed organically since 1996, certified since 1998, the 12-hectare vineyard is is composed of a mosaic of vine parcels.
Calcareous and schist soils.
Densely planted (5700 to 6900 vines/ha).

The grapes are handpicked and selected to ensure an accurate degree of maturation and a healthy state.
The grapes are gently separated from the stems and crushed.
The alcoholic fermentation takes place in special in-ox steel vats composed of fullers and bands to ensure a constant temperature control.
The temperature is maintained at 28° – 30°C (82°-85°F) during the fermentation and maceration of approximately 28 days.
During this period pumping over and breaking down are carried out alternatively.
The pressing is achieved through a pneumatic press.
The free run wine is kept at 22°C (72°F) to support the FML.
After FML the wine is transferred into French oak barrels where the bâtonnage is effectued in a period of 3 months.

13 months of ageing in French oak barrels (50% new barrels, 50 % one wine).

Concentrated, medium ruby.
Earthy, minerally notes, nutmeg and soft fruit cake.
Attactive juicy palate, with very fine, but persistent tannins.