** THIS IS A 'UK FIRST' AND LIMITED EDITION RELEASE FROM PLANETA. **
As sampled at Exel Wines' November 2018 tasting. See here for the report of that evening.
In Planeta’s early years, expertise came from a surprising source: Australia. The winemaker brought in by Diego Planeta was an Italian – Carlo Corino – but one who had soaked in the latest warm-climate winemaking secrets during a stint in New South Wales. Ever since, Planeta has managed to captured the intrinsic perfume and fresh flavours of Sicily’s grapes in their wines. The island estate pursued an unconventional approach to winemaking, with Planeta establishing a cult following for its barrel-aged Chardonnay, at a time when most other Italian whites were typically consumed straight out of the fermenter. This early success gave Planeta the credibility it needed to open the world’s eyes to the charms of Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties, ushering in a broad range of wines that today owes as much to Grecanico and Nero d’Avola as it does to the winery’s signature Chardonnay.
For all this wine's details, please take a look at this excellent fiche technique from Planeta themselves (see blue link below).
Planeta Eruzione 1614 Pinot Nero 2016 - fiche technique
As Planeta succinctly put it, "The vines which produce this wine grow on this particular lava flow. A small area contains the Pinot Nero which has been cultivated in this area for centuries, even if sparsely. The result is an absolutely original version of this noble variety".
100% Pinot Nero (= Pinot Noir).
Flint, ink, wild plum and cherry are among the aromas of this special version of Pinot Nero. Velvety tannins which react in the mouth and procure a lively red wine, soft and elegant at the same time. Spectacular!
ABV = 14.0%.