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Fonterenza - Our Best Sellers

Tomorrow is the start of June and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking forward to your holidays abroad somewhere hot and sunny. Being a bit of a wine geek I often plan my holidays around visiting a wine producing area. So, I can not only have a break from the daily grind, but also indulge in my favourite hobby, wine. It is a bit of a busman’s holiday, granted, but hey, I enjoy it. This year I am hoping to get over to Tuscany and taste the epicurean delights of the region. But in the meantime, I’ll have to settle for enjoying one of our best-sellers at the moment, Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2009. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="178"]Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2009 Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2009[/caption]

Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino 2009

As summer creeps up on us, albeit taking it’s time, a lot of red wine drinkers are looking for a red wine that isn’t too heavy. Something with a bit of life and zip to it. So it is no surprise that Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino is up there with our best-sellers. The story of the Fonterenza estate is a lovely one. After many visits during the holidays to a cottage in Tuscany as children, Margharita and Francesca Padovani, twin sisters from MIlan, decided to pursue their dream and start a winery. An olive grove had to be transformed into vineyards first, but with successive plantings and biodynamic methods they produced their first vintage in 2004. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="245"]Margharita & Francesca Padovani of Fonterenza Margharita & Francesca Padovani of Fonterenza[/caption] The sisters 'fell' into winemaking at the Fonterenza Estate, with no experience, but the uniqueness of their vineyard seemed to lend itself to biodynamic viticulture. They planted Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1999, 2002 and 2005 to give them 4.2 acres of vines. There is an expressive quality to their wines which maybe comes from the sensitivity they have for the authenticity of the vines. Fonterenza estate is named after the fountain which still supplies fresh water to the estate. It lies in 40 hectares of land, only a portion of which are currently cultivated with vines. The farmhouse itself is a treasure. A mish-mash of different times when extra rooms were added on as and when required to house extra family or extra animals. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420"]The rolling vineyards of the Fonterenza Estate The rolling vineyards of the Fonterenza Estate[/caption] Montalcino is a town in Tuscany which is famous for the iconic wine, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Rosso di Montalcino DOC is a lighter version of its big brother, Brunello, but is still made entirely from Sangiovese, a grape typical of the region. Fonterenza is a delicious wine bursting with ripe and sour cherry fruit from the Sangiovese. It's typically Tuscan with florals, spice, crisp acidity and firm tannins. It's a real mouthful of a wine and is best enjoyed with food typical to the region so think about pairing it to pork cheek ragu, cured Italian meats or any or meat dish with a rich tomato based sauce. The fruit and the acidity in the wine work perfectly to balance the juicy, sharpness of the tomatoes. I’ll be suggesting a recipe shortly to enjoy this wine with. But for the meantime you can buy Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino at The Perfect Cellar online or in our shop, the Clerkenwell Collection.        

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