Description

The Pinot Nero Pònkler was born in particular from a promise made to Francesco Arrigoni with whom, apart from the mutual appreciation and affection, we shared the passion for this grape variety and for our work. He was enchanted by the beauty of the place which is located in the municipality of Aldino at 750 meters. A vineyard surrounded by forests which is often visited by roe and in which various French clones were planted. The advantages of the high altitude which the wine reflects, evoked incredible emotions in Francesco and motivated him to define it “The Pinot Nero with the soul” in his last article. The label that distinguishes this wine is an artwork of Riccardo Schweizer which he gave us as a gift. It was forgotten in an old book and just in those days, when we were thinking about the packaging of the bottle and rummaging around in early texts, it came out of nowhere as if by magic. It represents exactly what this wine stands for: the triangle symbolizes the mountain or more precisely the altitude where the grapes grow. The hand which picks the grapes and brings the berries to the mouth and the sandtimer as a symbol of time, representing the nature which sets the best moment for harvest.

Growing Conditions

The Pinot Nero vines for the “Pònkler” were planted in the year 2007 using the Guyot method. It is a single vineyard located at 750 meters above sea level. The selection of French clones, which have proven to be very suitable for high altitudes, the high density of planting and the low yield ensure a very high quality of the grapes. The soil is predominantly weathered volcanic porphyry. The location is facing south and southwest.

Winemaking

The fermentation of the grapes takes place in open-top stainless steel tanks. During this process the floating cap of grape skins is gently and frequently plunged. Thanks to this technique the dyeing substances and flavors contained in the skins are extracted and transferred to the wine. At the end of the fermentation the wine is moved into barrique for the malolactic fermentation. The wine matures there for 15 months and after bottling for several years in the bottle.

Appearance

The altitude provides notes of ripe fruits to the wine. On the nose, it is highly intense and has immense depth. Aromas of ripe red and black berries stand out, underpinned by star anise and leather scents. In the mouth, it evokes cinchona barks and persuades with its full-body, its tannins, which are in constant development, its outstanding richness and its long-lasting finish.

Food Pairing

The “Pònkler” can be served with poultry, braised venison, red meat and mature cheeses.