The Pizzini whites….
As usual, it was a pleasure to catch up with Natalie Pizzini this month to see some of Pizzini’s new vintages of whites and reds, some of their new additions and their striking new labelling. I can still remember visiting them for the first time over a decade ago. I first wrote about the family in 2011 after I discovered the King Valley winery cellar door for myself on a family trip : Part 2: Where wine is King!
This is a family passion and includes Katrina Pizzini’s cooking school and her excellent recipe book that you can read about here: Pizzini – A Tavola!
My intermittent updates about their wines allows me to track the wines over time which is something of an indulgence really. Here we go Part 1.
Pizzini Pinot Grigio 2021
Pizzini Pinot Grigio is a remarkable Australian Pinot Grigio style that unerringly delivers a whole lot of bang for the value. Of course, this vintage is no exception to that rule. It has a light smokiness that adds dimension to the pear and nut combination on the nose. On the whole, it has a well judged fruit weight with high refreshment appeal.
Meaning it is elegantly bodied, with fresh acid and a long savoury length.
Pizzini Verduzzo 2021
Verduzzo is still an unusual grape to find in Australia, but I also rarely see it even at Italian regional wine tastings here in the UK. It is of course a grape from the Friuli-Venezia Guilia region but has made a home in Australia.
You can read more about it here: The Veritable Story of Viognier, Vermentino & Verduzzo in Australia.
Pizzini Verduzzo is a fleshy yet fresh white wine. One that is carefully made. The grapes are hand harvested still and then whole bunch pressed. After a very cool ferment, about 35% was aged in old French oak where that portion also went through partial malo-lactic ferment for around three months. The rest was matured in stainless steel with weekly lees stirring for the next 5 months.
The result? A peachy, savoury nut and pear white that fills the mouth with a bursting abundance of flavour. It is very smooth and well rounded, while still fresh.
And if you kept this for even a short stint in the cellar it will take on a honeyed note. Although, it certainly doesn’t need it.
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Part 2 coming next week!