Daniele Piccinin Arione 2017

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Muni, Veneto, Italy
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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A real stunner of a sparkling wine; golden Durella, refermented in the bottle using the juice of late-harvested grapes to add layers of depth and mouth-coating fruit concentration. The finished wine is dry, but has the character of something like sherbert lemons to it. Creamy, brioche-y notes sit beneath this rich-yet-zippy fruit, and the finish just goes on and on. Fantastic, incredibly well-executed spumante, and a perfect celebration wine.

Daniele is a mountain of a man and a leading light in the natural wine movement in Italy. He has 5 hectares of vines in the hamlet of Muni in the Alpone valley northeast of Verona. His vineyards are between 300 and 500 meters above sea level and feel more alpine than their altitude would suggest.

Daniele has taken it upon himself to champion the local grape Durella – close to becoming extinct and locally known as Rabbiosa meaning angry (on account of its typically raging acidity). He has, from the beginning, tried to make wine in the most natural way possible – lots of work (without chemicals in the vineyard) and minimal chemical intervention in the cellar. His wines are singular.