Collazzi

Bastioni Dei Collazzi Chianti Classico – 2016

Region: ITALY - TUSCANY

Collazzi

Villa Collazzi is one of the most impressive estates in all of Tuscany. This architectural landmark was originally designed by Michelangelo in 1560 for his friend, Agostino Dini. It offers commanding views of the surrounding countryside. I Collazzi is a property of the Marchi brothers, Carlo and Bona. During the last decade the Marchi brothers invested heavily in the development of Collazzi’s farming business, renewing the vineyards and restructuring the cellar, with the goal of producing excellent wines.

Grapes / Soils

Sangiovese (80%), Merlot (18%), Malvasia Nera (2%) 25 years average in 2015 Clay rich in limestone, abundantly rocky 18 acres

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Vineyard: The vineyards grown at Collazzi estate, registered as Chianti Classico DOCG are located in the town of San Casciano Val di Pesa (Florence)
  • Vineyard Surface: 17.30 acres
  • Altitude: 984 ft. above sea level
  • Exposure: South/West
  • Soil Type: Clay soils, rich in limestone, with an abundantly rocky texture
  • Planting Density: More than 3,000 vines per acre
  • Training System: Vertical trellising, traine with Guyot pruning system, ideal to grow quality Sangiovese grapes
  • Average age of the vines: 24 years
  • Climate: Continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Different from year to year, with consistently hot and dry summers, which bring Sangiovese to its ideal ripening stage.
Harvest Notes
  • Yield per acre: 2.8 tons
  • Time of Harvest: Between the end of September and the first of October
  • Harvest Method: Manual
  • Fermentation Vats: Temperature controlled stainless steel vats of 2,600 gallons
  • Fermentation Temperature: Average of 80°F
  • Length of Fermentation: Around 12 days
  • Maceration: At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, for an additional 10 days
  • Malolactic Fermentation: Part in barriques of 2nd and 3rd use, part in stainless steel vats
  • Ageing: In barriques, of 2nd and 3rd use
  • Length of Ageing: 12 months
  • Bottle Ageing: 2 months
Winemaker's Notes
  • Color: Magnificent ruby red, with dark sparkles.
  • Perfume: Notes of cherries, spices dark, combine with perfume of small red fruits and spices.
  • Taste: Tasty, mineral, complex, with a gentle, captivating tannic structure. The long final makes this wine ideal to enjoy with food.
  • Food pairing: Bastioni is the best companion of the good cuisine. This wine’s structure demands combinations with red meats, such as steak and filet.

Made with wine making techniques similar to Collazzi, “Bastioni” combines the elegance and pleasantness of Sangiovese, its main grape varietal, with the roundness and power that small parts of Merlot and Malvasia Nera give to the wine:  juicy, ripe tannins give complexity and character to this wine.

Wine Summary
  • Made from Sangiovese (80%), Merlot (18%), Malvasia Nera (2%) grapes.
  • Vine age- 25 years average in 2015.
  • Grown on soils of clay rich in limestone, abundantly rocky.
  • Fermented in stainless steel vats at 80°F.
  • Aged part in barriques of 2nd and 3rd use, part in stainless steel vats and the bottle.
  • Aged for 12 months prior to bottling and 2 months in the bottle.
Technical Information
  • Grape Varieties – 80% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot, 2% Malvasia Nera

Reviews

91 Points

Intensely perfumed nose with dried strawberries, white chocolate, vanilla and hints of coconut.  Full body, round tannins and a medium finish.  Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, October, 2018

General Info

Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation(s) Chianti Classico
Proprietors Carlo and Bona Marchi (brothers)
Founded 1935
Winemaker Alberto Torelli
Annual Production 12,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable