Pizzini La Volpe Nebbiolo 2019
Variety percentage:100% Nebbiolo
Area harvested 0.7Ha
Picked: 25 March 2019
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.
Winter was relatively dry, but lots of snow on the Alps helped to fill dams and rivers in preparation for the growing season, which was even with near perfect conditions. With the prediction of a dry summer we chose to irrigate the vineyards during October to assist and maintain vine health. We also had a storm in December which produced 100mm of rain, which was very timely and helped to keep the vineyards in good condition for the summer temperatures experience in late January. Harvest ran smoothly helped by great weather. Grapes were in perfect condition and we are really pleased with the quality of all the exciting wines produced from vintage 2019.
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 initial notes of blackberry and tar then as the wine opens up we see violets, dried rose petals and subtle earthy undertones. The palate is full, generous, the tar flavours continue, as fresh raspberries fill your mouth, followed by red currents and star anise. The finish is long, with hints of dark chocolate, elegant and powerful tannins, which linger. Enjoy this wine with eye fillet on blue cheese mash potato.
Alcohol: 13.8 % Alc/Vol
Bottled: September 2020
Release: October 2020