San Ferdinando Chianti Il Gargaiolo 2018
San Ferdinando is located in the hamlet of Civitella in Val di Chiana, in the Chianti Colli Aretini area southeast of Florence. The area has an altitude and continental climate that are not dissimilar to Chianti Classico, which is immediately to the west. Besides vines, this area is also known for its famed Chianina breed of cattle, which often end up on the plate in the form of the bistecca fiorentina.
San Ferdinando’s Chianti ‘Il Gargaiolo’ takes its name from the eponymous stream that runs along the Sangiovese vineyard. This vintage, the blend is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Ciliegiolo, and 5% ancient co-planted varietals; the grapes come from vineyards at 350m, facing south-southeast on light sandy topsoil with compact grey clay about 20cm beneath. The vines were planted in 2006.