Apparently Per Gli Angel = For Angels. I would not wait around for an Angel to come and drink it. I would want to keep it all for myself. Pizzini has created something special here from the workhorse grape Trebbiano (or Ugni Blanc from France). An after dinner treat or one to enjoy with a gooey sticky dessert.
The name refers to the evaporative nature of producing this style of wine. After harvest, the grapes are dried to concentrate the sugars within and then after pressing, the wine is matured in a small format barrel for an extended period. The grapes for this wine were picked in 2006 and then bottled in 2012 so it has had more than 5 years in barrel. As the wine matures, the barrel are not topped off and the wine starts a slow oxidation which gives it its unique character. The vapours are often called ‘the angel’s share’.
The smoky, caramel coated nut and rich spice aromas are joined with some toffee, plump dried apricot and sultana fruit flavours. Lusciously sweet and thick with some fine acid to keep it fresh. A unique style in Australia but one that is definitely worth the spend for a special occasion. Buy direct from www.pizzini.com.au.
Date: 7 September 2013 Price: $65 Value: $$ Drink: Now – 5+ years