The ruby-red Malanser Pinot Noir Edition Peter Keller 2017 is characterized by a diverse bouquet: red berries, spicy, slightly minerally on entry, typical of its variety. Pinot Noir is also very pleasant on the palate. It is a dense, fresh, elegant and well-grounded plant with an excellent length. The wine, which is ready to drink but can be stored for eight to ten years without any problem, is fermented in open wood tanks at relatively cool temperatures, pressed and then aged in barriques for ten months.
Wine-growing in the Bündner Herrschaft region in Graubünden is small-scale. For example, Annatina Pelizzati from Jenins cultivates an area of just 3.5 hectares, broken down into 16 scattered plots. Two of them are located in the neighbouring municipality of Malans. The 47-year-old runs the small company on her own, or almost on her own: her daughter Laura recently started to help out, having passed her exam to become a vintner in autumn 2016. My daughter chose this career herself, emphasizes Pelizzati. They do not divide up the tasks: both of them do everything. As is usual in the Bündner Herrschaft, the wine-grower grows mainly Pinot Noir. She also produces a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir, two white wines – Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay – and a sparkling wine. But Annatina Pelizzati is also open to new things. She recently planted Completer, a white speciality. One third of the production goes to private customers, and the rest to restaurants. Her wines impress with their distinctive elegance and depth, and perfectly reflect their origin. Pelizzati allows her wines plenty of time to mature. She adheres to ecological principles and does not use artificial fertilizer. Manual work is a matter of course. She intervenes as little as possible in the cellar. The biological fermentation process, known as malolactic fermentation, is not forced. The producer says that this gives the wine an aromatic sophistication. She now has a tasting room that can accommodate up to 30 guests. Anyone who cannot taste the wine directly at the winery should taste Malanser Pinot Noir Edition Peter Keller 2017 – an impressive example of the conscientious work of Annatina Pelizzati.