Vinochisti is ‘simply Italian wines made from Italian grape varieties. Italy as one big vineyard with infinite possibilities. No denomination or regulation of region or reason. Vino-anarchos – wine without rules
There are more vines in Italy than anywhere else on earth. Maybe as many as a thousand different varieties. Nowhere is there such a wealth of possibilities for grape and wine. Each region, each province, each village can lay claim to a variety like no other. A winemakers dream. Vinochisti has no estates, or vineyards to call its own But there are plenty of people who do. People who just grow grapes. Well. Our job is to find just a few of them and let their grapes shine through in the wine, like any great estate.
There’s no recipe. There’s no rule book. There are some good rules to be considered But they can be bent or broken, inscribed or ignored. And the good grape changes from year-to-year. There’s no other way. Nature doesn’t do continuity. It’s constantly changing and evolving. Grapes are just in infinitesimal part of that change, but they change, nonetheless. And if the grape changes, the winemaking changes and if the winemaking changes, then so must the wine. If there’s a rule, it’s never to make the same wine twice. So we don’t Similar, maybe, but never the same.’
Made from 100% Erbaluce grapes specially selected from the vineyards of Enzo Zublena, Lago di Viverone (BI). Harvested 28th Spetember 2011. Produced and bottled by Tim Manning at Azienda Agricola Vinochisti, FI Fermented in tank and barrel. Skin contact on all grapes from several days to 2 months. Wine with extended skin contact fermented and aged in old barriques. 30 months ageing in barriques and tank on heavy lees, lightly fined and filtered Bottled 10th May 2014.
The 2011 Erbaluce is the culmination of a three year journey exploring the effects of extended skin macerations in white wine. Around a third of the total was left on skins for around 2 months Whilst the overall period of maceration was shorter than in 2010, the percentage of grapes was higher producing a style much more orange in character than the previous vintages. Whilst orange is seemingly the new white, this honestly wasn’t intended in this case, as colours go, however, it seems to suit this vintage just fine.