"It's difficult to define natural wine because wine producers work very differently, but there is definitely a synergy and a like-mindedness that can be tasted in these wines.
Twin sisters Francesca and Margherita Padovani are among the pioneers of biodynamic winegrowing in the Tuscan region of Montalcino, one of Italy’s most admired appellations.
They have farmed their 4,2 hectares of vineyards in Poggio San Polino with the utmost care for the soil, the grape and the environment since the beginnings - almost 15 years ago. Only ecological preparations based on propolis and plant extracts, together with limited amounts of copper and cave sulphur, are used to combat disease. Located on 450 meters above sea level, the vineyards are somewhat secluded and protected by forest, especially the single-parcel vineyard that gives the Brunello di Montalcino grapes. All this has resulted in the creation of a diverse ecosystem of vines, plants, animals and microorganisms that define the soul of Fonterenza wines.
The work in the cellar is done by traditional methods. Only natural yeasts are used. Following a careful fermentation and vinification process, the wines are aged in Slavonian Oak vats and “botte” – Rosso di Montalcino for two years; Brunello di Montalcino for almost four years – period much longer than required by the appellation.
Fonterenza wines are defined by their energy, elegance, subtle yet intense engagement and, above all, high drinkability.
Brunello di Montalcino, Campi di Fonterenza
Very dark ruby colour. Intensely aromatic. Powerful and concentrated on the palate. The wine has the most lovely balance and freshness despite its tremendous weight of flavour. Very long. Outstanding.
Wine Type: D.O.C "Brunello di Montalcino"
Grape: Sangiovese (from Brunello)
Vinification: Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 17.5 Hl oak tanks at a max of 30°C. Maceration on the skins for 40 days. Aged in barrel for 12 months then 28 Hl oak vats for 28 months.
Rosso di Montalcino, Campi di Fonterenza x 6
Dark ruby red. Violet fruit aromas. Big, complex and seductive fruit on the palate with very fine structure and great length of flavour.
Wine Type: D.O.C Rosso di Montalcino "Rosso"
Vinification: alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel at a max of 30°C. Aged in barrel 20 months. Non filtered.