Pinot

Piccolo Pinot Gris 2017

Tasting Notes

Weather is obviously a large part of the equation.  My cryptic notes indicate that the 2 consecutive days we got in late February 2017 of 25 degrees largely made up our 2017 summer.  Hence the delayed vintage on 25 April.  The fruit was nice and clean with a small quantity of botrytis.  Average brix level came in at an admirable 22.8.  Our “small is beautiful” motto was adhered to –  a small crop averaging 1.7 tonnes/acre.
The wine itself was fermented in stainless over a period of 10 days at an average temperature of 19 degrees.
Piccolo is dry with a perfumed floral nose and notes of white peach, mango and musk.  Mouthfeel is rich and velvety.  An ideal wine for spicy food and risqué repartee.
Piccolo can be sharply separated from what guru Jancis Robinson describes as “the sea of reasonably undistinguished Italian Pinot Grigios” and is much closer to the Alsace version of the variety (which is a mutation of Pinot Noir).
The most unusual application of our Piccolo was reported last Valentines Day – an enthusiastic punter took a bottle to the Wellington Zoo that night and sipped it to the mellifluous sound of the animals mating!

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Price: $25.00

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Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2017

Tasting Notes

The 2017 vintage was characterised by a cool start, patchy weather and what passed for summer starting in late February – i.e. an awkward year in the vineyard.
Despite these conditions our fruit came in clean and we picked between 5-10 April.  Average brix a little lighter than usual at 22.7.  The wine is savoury (10/5 clone) and delicious with a lighter texture than the 2016 – a delicate little number reminding you that unlike cabernet, which is bigger, Pinot Noir is complex and gentle simultaneously.
As someone said, “ it expresses the vineyard perfectly.”  The greatest compliment is “Its typical – very Pinot.”  Try it with pork, mushrooms and densely textured fish like salmon, tuna, groper etc.  Cellared properly Pizzicato ‘17 will travel gracefully to 2022.
Not understanding Pinot any better than economics PresidentTrump was caught recently sprinkling burgundy on a raspberry cupcake.  This is not recommended.

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Price: $38.00

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Pizzicato Pinot Noir RESERVE 2016

Tasting Notes

Like most other small self-contained operators we sometimes fret about getting supermarket prices for hand-tended premium wines.  So alongside our excellent Pizzicato we’ve introduced a Reserve version at a proper price.  Apart from some special attention in the winery,  like a different proportion of whole berry maceration and the use of premium French oak, the main distinction comes from employing different clones.  Clonal variation is probably the main source of distinctive and complex Pinot Noir.
Our Reserve Pizzicato Pinot is derived from six distinct clones.  The result is a wine of gravitas and tight structure with a lovely silky  texture – a hallmark of excellence in Pinot Noir.  Maximum flavour expression has been preserved, with the Reserve neither filtered or fined.  The 2016 will cellar for at least 6 years.  Such perseverance will be amply rewarded with increased savoury character.  For early drinking, a period of extended breathing seems to enhance the gustatory experience.

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Price: $50.00

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