2019 Pizzini Sangiovese Nonna Gisella
Varietal percentage: 100% Sangiovese
Average brix: 23- 25
Region: King Valley
Picked: March-April 2018
Nonna Gisella Pizzini was a warm, loving and humble lady. Her strength and humility were passed down to all of her children. Nonna Gisella embraced all new experiences that life threw her way with an open mind. She would say “Cosa c’è di nuovo, non e ridicolo!”, “What is new is not ridiculous!”. The fruit for this wine currently comes from a selection of our vineyard sites that naturally produce medium-bodied wine styles. Over time this wine may evolve to include specific parcels of fruit selected from within the King Valley region.
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 winemaking involves a selection of techniques from cold maceration to maintain the fruit weight and freshness, and hot fermentation to add that typical Pizzini style to the wine. This wine is aged in a mixture of large format oak barrels and barriques with some batches aged in stainless steel tanks to maintain vibrancy and freshness.
Oak: 50%, Stainless steel tanks 50%
Oak portion: Gamba, 35% Nevers, 35% Allier, 30%
Oak age: 10% new oak
Oak toasting: 100% medium
Fining agent: Light egg white
Filtration: Cross flow
This vibrant wine is ruby in colour with a red brick hue. Initially the nose shows fresh cherry and dried herbs. As the wine opens up in the glass we see blood plums and dark chocolate, synonymous with this wine. This easy drinking Sangiovese has it all; earthiness, spiced plums, cherries, chocolate and dried Italian herbs. The savoury finish is met with soft and well-balanced acidity. It is the perfect pizza wine and is also fabulous with a bowl of Nonna’s Spaghetti Bolognese.
Alcohol: 13.8% Alc/Vol
Bottled: August 2020
Acid: 3.55 g/L
Released: September 2020
TA: 6.19 g/L