Chianti Classico Riserva di Fizzano, the new interventions
The Tenuta di Fizzano is one of the historical pillars of Rocca delle Macìe, revealing the qualitative style and the philosophy of the company. It is a vineyard, covering just over 35 hectares, within the Riserva di Fizzano, an estate situated in a hilly area of some 65 hectares acquired by the Zingarelli family in 1984.
Right now, in a part of the thirty-year-old vineyards of the Riserva di Fizzano, the company is replanting a small plot of land. A “parcel” operation, i.e. the replacement of small homogeneous plots allowing a partial renewal, realized in order to preserve the potential of the “old vines”, those that contribute to hand down the deepest and most essential personality of the wine made here, the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Riserva di Fizzano.
The operations that has been carried out over time on this historic “single vineyard” are the implementation of Rocca delle Macìe’s philosophy, aimed at proposing a continuous growth of quality of its wines. Since the beginning of its history, when in 1973 plantings were created to produce a high quality wine but accessible to all, the winery has marked its vocation with an initial change of a part of the vineyards at the end of the 1990s in order to produce wines of “excellence”, supported, during the years to come, by a strictly sustainable attitude and new investments in the cellar, with a very thoughtful approach based on the use of wood for aging and for further process .
The increasingly deep and widespread knowledge of the different terroirs, of the various family estates, has led the company to narrow down the target by moving from an idea of a large vineyard to the identification of a set of vineyards: Sant’Alfonso and the Riserva di Fizzano are historical examples. But the attention goes further beyond, even to the single “plot” of vineyard, as for the production of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Sergio Zingarelli, resulting from a selection of 3 out of the 5 terraces that compose the “Vigneto le Prese”. But even the latest, in terms of evolution of an existing wine, precisely since 1985, the Sergioveto Chianti Classico Riserva, with the Sangiovese grape coming from the individual “Pian della Casina” vineyard, falls in the “new” viticultural era of Rocca delle Macìe.
The vineyard is located on a soil rich in skeleton and sand, with a southwest exposure, and is characterized by an ideal microclimate for ventilation and ripening of grapes, enabling a high quality production since the very first planting in 1989. Then, the vineyard grew, plot after plot, until the last planting in 1997. In 2017 the new phase of rejuvenation and modernization began, replanting about 1.5 hectares in 2018 and another 3 hectares in the spring of 2020, all Sangiovese.
This is the vineyard features the historic Riserva di Fizzano, the wine that fully meet the parameters of the new Chianti Classico Gran Selezione appellation, since the 2011 harvest. The 2015 vintage was made from 93% Sangiovese and a balance of 7% of Colorino, a composition that tends to vary from year to year according to seasonal trends (in 2016 vintage was 10%), indeed Colorino is definitively replacing Merlot.