Enzo Pontoni of Miani, is considered one of Italy’s finest winemakers. His wines have become absolute cult wines owing to a remarkable depth of flavour and concentrated texture, though they are never heavy or unbalanced.
The grapes of Miani wines grow on a total of 13 hectares (four directly owned by the family). The varieties grown include the red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso as well as white varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Malvasia and Friulano. The altitudes of the vineyards range from 100 to 300 metres above sea level, and the vine density in most of the vineyards is a relatively low 3000 plants per hectare. In the winter the vines are pruned mercilessly, and the drastic green harvest leaves rarely more than a single bunch or two on a vine. It is clear that revenue and profitability have never entered this winemaker’s agenda, while the manicured vineyards show intense passion for viticulture.
Miani estate is located in the Colli Orientali DOC area which is the hilly slice of the Udine province near Italy’s border with Slovenia. Enzo took over the family winemaking business about a twelve years ago, after his father had passed away, abandoning an engineering career in order to dedicate himself fully to his new passion. At almost 7 feet tall, Enzo has a commanding presence and does not compromise when it comes to making wine: each year he produces a total of only 9000 bottles from his thirteen hectares, and all according to rigorously organic farming methods. He ages many of his wines in French oak barriques, and does not interfere with the natural temperature of fermentation.
His reds are complex and decadent, and his white wines are, for many experts, most likely not just the best in Friuli but perhaps in Italy.
We have small parcels of his wine available individually:
From 60 year old vines with incredibly low yields (20hl/hec) produces fruit of remarkable concentration, while vinification typically consists of barrel fermentation in 40% new french oak, with no malolactic fermentation.
The Pettarin is made from the Ribolla Gialla. This grape is grown predominantly in Fruili and the Pettarin is considered one of the finest examples of this varietal.
This Chardonnay is from fruit from Le Zitelle vineyard that Pontoni purchased in 2006. The vineyards were completely replanted and this is the first vintage off the property.
Another new cuvée for 2015. This single vineyard wine is drinking well now, but will mature incredibly.
Miani Rosso 2013 – £90
‘The 2013 Rosso, a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Refosco, is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Lavender, mint, plum, blueberry jam, crème de cassis are all beautifully delineated, in a wine that over-delivers big time. There is plenty of the trademark Miani richness, yet the flavours are delineated, pure and crystalline, just as they are in the top reds’, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2017.
Miani Rosso 2011 – £75
Pontoni produces fewer than 800 cases a year, and yields in 2011 were particularly low. In 2011, Miani didn’t release either of his Merlots nor his Calvari Refosco. This is all to say that the 2011 Rosso was really elevated.
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