2014 Pizzini Nebbiolo
Variety percentage: 100%
Nebbiolo Picked: 30th March – 7th April 2014
Area harvested: 1.7Ha
Average brix: 24.5
What a year! Frost, extreme temperatures, rain and hail, we had it all. In November the region suffered a frost that stretched from the top reaches of the King Valley right through to the flats of Rutherglen. We were lucky as our vineyard sites suffered very little damage and we saw only minor amounts of fruit loss. Summer temperatures reached over 40°C for a record number of consecutive days. We had rainy patches that created difficulties during harvest and patchy hailstorms that caused some minor damage to some varieties. Given these tough weather patterns, we have produced some great wines. The white wine varieties picked during March when we experienced cooler, more stable temperatures, have strong flavours and intensity. The reds produce will have lovely, elegant structure and good aging potential.
Since 2003, we have developed new plantings of Nebbiolo with a clone called 220. We had noticed that our best fruit was coming from dry ridges, so our new plantings have been on premier ridge sites. The resulting wines have been richer in colour and concentration of flavour. The grapes for this wine were hand harvested then crushed and de-stemmed. Fermentation start immediately and the juice was inoculated with a yeast strain form Barolo (a region famous for producing Nebbiolo). Fermentation lasted for about five days before the wine was lightly pressed and then allowed to finish fermentation in oak barrels where polymerising helps to soften and round the tannins. Finally, the wine went through malolactic fermentation and was then aged in barrel for 20 months.
Type of oak (%): Gamba, Fontainebleau 50%, Jupillies 25%, Allier 20%, Nevers 5%
Oak Age: 20 % New oak Oak toasting: 100% medium
Fining Agent: Light egg white finning
Filtration: cross flow
Classic Nebbiolo colour, garnet with a deep brick red hue. On the nose, the wine displays typical Nebbiolo characters of rose petal and violets, with subtle star anise notes keeping your attention. The palate is deep, structured and powerful, all elements we pride ourselves on when working with special varietal. Rich red fruits, spiced plums and red liquorice lead us to solid earthy tannins, and a remarkably bright and generous finish. Perfect with a winter duck ragout.
Alcohol: 13.3 % Alc/Vol
Bottled: November 2015
Released: June 2018 pH: 3.54