Grapes, Pinot Noir
Serving: chilled (12–14°C)
About: A special plot of pinot noir, planted by Gabrio and Giotto (Gabrio's son) 7 years ago, on a terrace just above the zibibbo vines. Destemmed and wild-fermented on skins in underground terracotta amphora for 7 months. After this the wine is left to decant in large stainless-steel vats for a couple of weeks and then bottled. Only 300 bottles made, this wine is as rare as it gets.
Gabrio Bini, is based on the island of Pantelleria. 100km SW of Sicily, it is closer to North Africa than it is to mainland Europe. Formerly an architect in Milan, Gabrio moved to the island in 1995 and after many years of research, began producing wine in 2005. Inspired by the ancestral winemaking techniques of Georgia, he macerates his wines in large terracotta amphorae buried beneath the earth. His wines capture the energy of the small volcanic island and have gained a cult following for their ethereal characteristics, originality and sick bottle design.