2020 Pizzini Sauvignon Blanc
Pizzini Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Varietal percentage: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Picked: 30 March 2020
Average brix: 21
Area harvested: 2ha
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 fruit for this wine is sourced from one of the most renowned sauvignon blanc producers in the King Valley. This vineyard in Myrrhee has its own unique micro-climate that is cool and very suited to producing great sauvignon blanc. In the vineyard the vines are pruned in a way to maximise shade for the fruit and lower temperatures, to help intensify the traditional varietal characteristics found in sauvignon blanc. In the press, the juice and skins remained in contact for twelve hours to increase the aromatic and flavour profile of both the nose and palate. The juice is then fermented in stainless steel at fourteen degrees for two weeks.
Fermentation vessel: Stainless steel
Fining agent: skim milk and issinglass
Type and percentage of oak: nil
The wine has a straw colour with a green hue. The nose is fresh and vibrant with citrus peel and subtle herbaceous tones. The palate is zingy and complex with honeydew, poached pear and lime, followed by passionfruit and honey suckle notes this cool climate Sauvignon Blanc has bright acidity and creamy texture, it is the perfect wine to enjoy with fresh prawns.
Alcohol: 12.3% Alc/Vol
Bottled: October 2020
Released: October 2020