Fresh aromatics jump out of the glass, white peaches, sweet spices and hints of musk. This wine is lively and zippy with flavours of pears and granny smith apples combined with well-balanced and approachable acid.
The Pinot Grigio was harvested from a single block. The grapes were machined picked in the cool of the night to retain freshness and flavour. The wine was fermented in stainless steel to ensure fruit freshness and crispness, after which the lees were stirred twice a week for three months to help soften and round the palate.
Wines in the Lana range are distinctly Italian in style. There are four wines in the range, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and a red blend using Sangiovese and Canaiolo called Il Nostro Gallo (Our Rooster). Lana is produced and sold by siblings Carlo, Joel and Natalie Pizzini. The wines are all made from fruit grown in the King Valley in Victoria’s High Country, a region known for the production of quality, modern Italian wine styles.
Lana Il Nostro Gallo was born from my various trips to Tuscany for my winemaking work experience. I found that the Italians had wonderful varieties that I had heard only a little about. While I visited there I also found that the producers were obsessed with shiraz, merlot and cabernet and were forgetting about their great native varieties. This was the impetus for Lana’s unique blend using three famous varieties: sangiovese, canaiolo and colorino; this traditional chianti blend now has its modern version in the new world. – Joel Pizzini