2020 Pizzini Pinot Grigio
Varietal percentage: 100% Pinot Grigio
Picked: Feb-March 2019
Area harvested: 27.5 Ha
Average brix: 19
What a vintage! Frost, high daily temperatures, rain and hail, the King Valley had it all. In November 2019 North East Victoria suffered a frost that stretched from the top reaches of the King Valley right down through to the flats of Rutherglen. Pizzini were lucky, the vineyard sites suffered very little damage and experienced only minor amounts of fruit loss. Summer temperatures through December reached over 40°C for a record number of consecutive days. We had rainy patches that created difficulties during harvest and patchy hail storms that caused some minor damage to some varieties. The white grape varieties harvested through March when we were fortunate enough to experience cooler, more stable temperatures, have produced wines with strong flavours and intensity on the palate. Given these tough climatic conditions, we have managed to produce some excellent wines.
The Pinot Grigio was harvested at four different stages and levels of ripeness to help build complexity of flavours. The juice was drained off the skins right away so as not to pick up any colour from the pink/bronze coloured berries and was then left to settle for 24 hours before racking and then fermentation. A yeast strain was used to ensure maximum extraction of varietal characters, while fermentation temperatures were kept low to capture freshness and aromatics.
Fermentation vessel: stainless steel
Type & percentage of oak used: nil oak used
Fining agent: milk products
Pale straw in colour with a soft green olive hue. 2020 has delivered intense citrus characteristics with lemon and lime zest aromas accompanied by our trademark fresh pear notes. The palate zippy, zesty and well balanced with apples, nashi pear and an abundance of lime. The wine shows great depth with a slightly creamy texture, crunchy acidity and good length. In summer pair with fish and chips and in winter, a prawn, basil & tomato pasta.
Alcohol: 12% alc/vol
Bottled: August 2020
Released: September 2020