The hill-top hamlet of Ghizzano lies in the Pisan hills, close to the Tuscan coast. The Venerosi Pesciolini family settled here in the late 14th Century and the estate now encompasses around 350ha with 20ha of vines. Vineyards sit within this gentle landscape at 200m above sea level and are blessed with a mild climate thanks to the maritime influence. Wine has been bottled since 1985, organically certified from 2008 and is moving in a biodynamic direction with concrete eggs a recent addition. The property is now in the hands of Ginevra Pesciolini and her wines continue to gain almost annual Tre Bicchieri awards. As a part of her philosophy of ensuring the wines represent their location Ginevra has also been reducing the amount of new oak in her SuperTuscan creations. Natural yeasts, pressing under foot and a move to using larger format oak are also integral to the style of the wines.
Tenuta di Ghizzano Veneroso 2014
70% Sangiovese & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Hand harvested with further bunch selection at the winery.Pressed in concrete vats by foot – yes, really! Indigenous yeast ferment in open 3000 litre wooden vats. 16 months maturation in 500 litre oak barrels. Organic certification.
“The 2014 Veneroso is a very pretty wine. Lifted and perfumed, with tons of Sangiovese character, the 2014 has quite a bit to offer. Wild cherry, game, tobacco, licorice and dried rose petal notes give the Nambrot a slightly wild personality, and yet there is so much character. In 2014, Veneroso is a bit lighter than it can be. Even so, all the elements are nicely balanced.”
92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous