2017 Pizzini La Volpe Nebbiolo
Variety percentage: 100%
Nebbiolo Picked: 25 March 2017
Area harvested: 0.7Ha Average brix: 24.5
Over the years our knowledge and taste for Nebbiolo has grown. We have learned which of our vineyard sites produce wines of distinction and longevity, and which are better for earlier consumption and short-term aging. Grapes for our La Volpe Nebbiolo are selected from areas of our vineyard that naturally produce softer, elegant, floral styles of Nebbiolo. This wine has all the hallmark characteristics of Nebbiolo such as roses, violets and hints of tar, along with soft yet present tannins making it suited to earlier consumption.
This vintage we had a very wet winter and spring, winter never seemed to end. This seasonal variation in rain meant that we had very cold soils in spring, which delayed bud burst in the vines, and resulted in grape harvest starting a month later than usual. It was quite cool and mild during late December and early January, which lead to maximum flavour development at lower sugar levels in the fruit. The coolness of the vintage conditions was perfect for producing white varieties and early ripening reds.
The Nebbiolo chosen for this wine was selected from a vineyard that naturally produces more floral, rose and violet notes and medium styled tannins. The Nebbiolo grapes were crushed and fermented in open top fermenters for five days before the wine was press and stored in old, large barrels, which allowed the wine to retain its natural varietal characteristics.
Type of oak (%): Gamba, Trancias 45%, Jupillies 30%, Allier 25%
Oak Age: old large barrels
Oak toasting: 100% medium
Fining agent: Light egg white finning
Filtration: cross flow
The wine is garnet in colour with brick red tones. The nose shows dried rose petal, violets and subtle star anise with earthy undertones. The palate is full and generous, fresh raspberries fill your mouth and the back palate is packed with liquorice, red currents and the typical Nebbiolo tar notes we know and love. Enjoy this wine with a rare eye fillet on blue cheese mash potato.
Alcohol: 13.8 % Alc/Vol
Bottled: June 2017
Release: July 2017