- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
Vegetarian, Vegan, Certified Organic
This 470 hectare estate is located northeast of Siena, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga on the southern border of the Chianti Classico production area. Fèlsina epitomises the powerful style of southern Chianti, where the wines are stylistically more akin to those from Montalcino than their fellow Chianti from Fontodi or Isole e Olena.
Giuseppe Mazzocolin ran the estate from the end of the 1970s until 2011. He is now less involved in the day-to-day management, while consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei is still very much at the helm of the winemaking team.
Their barrel-fermented Chardonnay ‘I Sistri’ is made from 60% free-run must and combines a ripe, buttery nose with a touch of tropical fruit on the palate, while maintaining a fresh finish. The Fèlsina Chianti Classico is fresh and vibrant with remarkable elegance. The ‘Chianti Classico Riserva’ has an impressive structure, it is fleshy and powerful with a bright acidity, evident but supple tannins, and a lovely minerality that carries on to the long finish. ‘Rancia’ is a six hectare Sangiovese vineyard on sandstone, chalk and galestro soils. The wine is aged for 18 – 20 months in oak and is concentrated yet elegant with black and red berry fruit and a fine character. The ‘Fontalloro’ is made solely from Sangiovese grapes grown on three vineyards, two of which sit just outside the Classico border. It has a powerful structure and great concentration of tannins. The Gran Selezione ‘Colonia’ is made from Sangiovese grapes grown on a vineyard that was finally replanted in 1993, after many years of extremely hard work on this difficult but rewarding site. Aged for 30 months in French oak and only produced in very small quantities, it displays a unique complexity and intensity which justifies its position at the apex of premium Chianti Classico wines.
The Fèlsina vineyards are on average more than 50 years old, located at an altitude of 350-420 metres above sea level, with a good south-western exposure. There are 5,400 vines planted per hectare. Soils are a blue-grey Quartzite sandstone mix, with layers of sand, Alberese (shale, schist and limestone) and alluvial pebbles. Vines are trained according to a simple Guyot system, with a maximum of five to eight buds per vine. Biodynamic practices are followed in the vineyard, although without official certification.
The 2020 vintage began with a mild winter and rainfall was sparse. The sudden cold snap in March, marked by some frost at the end of the month did not cause significant impact. Summer was fairly dry and mild, some rainfall at the end of August regenerated the water reserves and replenished the soils. Harvest took place in September while the grapes were at the perfect level of ripeness. Overall, this particular year produced excellent quality Chianti.
Fermentation took place at 28-30°C with daily punching down of the cap, followed by a 12 to 15 day maceration. Between late March and early April, the wine was transferred to small and medium-sized Slavonian oak casks where it was aged for 12 months. The final blend was then assembled and bottled and was aged for three months in the Fèlsina cellars before release.
A deep, attractive ruby red in colour, this Chianti Classico has a perfumed nose of wild red berries and cherries married with spicy nuances. The fruit-forward palate is complemented by supple tannins and a vibrant acidity, culminating in a long, spicy finish.