The Chianti Classico area is well-suited to white wines with good structure and elegance. The presence of rock and various minerals, such as Galestro stone and limestone, gives structure and acidity in particular to a variety such as Chardonnay which especially benefits from this terrain. The land is made even more suitable due to the constant climate of the upper area of Chianti Classico with a temperature range that accompanies the ripening of the grapes from August until the harvest in the second half of September.
APPELLATION Toscana IGT
GRAPE VARIETY 100% Chardonnay
VINEYARD Various plots in Loc. Castagnoli
SOIL Rich in Albarese stone and limestone
VINEYARD SIZE 3 ha
VINEYARD AGE Various, from 6 to 20 years old
AVERAGE ALTITUDE 420m a.s.l.
VINEYARD DENSITY 5000 vines/hectare
AVERAGE YIELD PER PLANT 1kg
CULTIVATION/PRUNING Spur pruning
HARVEST Second half of September
MACERATION Cold pressing for 48 hours, followed by soft pressing
FERMENTATION 50% in steel and 50% in first and second passage barriques for about 10 days.
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION Partly in wood and partly in steel
AGING At least 10 months in the bottle.
ANNUAL PRODUCTION About 10,000 bottles
SENSORY PROFILE A wine with intense minerality and flavor with notes of freshness that make it elegant and lingering, Molino delle Balze is a white wine with a clear, bright straw-yellow color. It has a lingering scent of peach and apricot with a background of quince and acacia honey. It is a wine that is supple and enveloping on the palate. Its perfect balance ends with an excellent lingering finish. It is intended to be drunk soon, but will evolve over the next 5-10 years.
PAIRING White meat, fresh and medium-aged cheeses, fish of all kinds.
SERVING TEMPERATURE 8-10°C