It takes the name of the first vineyard at Panizzi, Santa Margherita, on the west hill of the city, on the edge of the woods. A place, a thought, an emotion with which Giovanni Panizzi fell in love and on which he built his (successful) project to elevate Vernaccia of San Gimignano to higher quality standards. Vigna Santa Margherita is special vineyard, made of ancient plants (they date back to the nineteen-seventies), whose grapes have shown power from the very beginning and today are used for one of Panizzi's signature wines: Vernaccia di San Gimignano Vigna Santa Margherita.
Walter Sovran, winemaker at Panizzi, remembers how this wine was born: "The first year of production was 2003. Before that time Panizzi only produced regular Vernaccia and Riserva. There was nothing in between. But vineyard Santa Margherita, with its ancient plants, offered really special grapes, able to produce very articulated, deep, rich wines. It was a pity not to exploit them to propose to our public something more, with edge, so we did, and we chose to use refinement process that was not in use at the compay yet."
So that was it: in 2003 a new wine was born, made of Vernaccia di San Gimignano grapes (100%) all coming from Santa Margherita. The aging process takes place partly in steel and partly in wood, which gives the wine completeness, wealth, balance, in a word complexity. For the color of the label (except that of the first vintage) silver, so precious and elegant, was chosen
Susanna Santini, sales manager at Panizzi, really loves this wine: "Adding a new element to the existing portfolio was a good choice, because this extraordinary product, for the process it goes through and the results it offers, goes far beyond our classic Vernaccia di San Gimignano and has all the features, in fact, of a small riserva. At the same time, it is an easy-to-understand wine that goes straight to the heart. The goal was and still is to offer a Panizzi white wine in high gear.
At the sight it strikes for brilliance and brightness; the color is straw yellow with a greenish gradient. The scent is very varied and elegant; It has floral notes, hawthorn and magnolia, and fruity notes, grapefruit and pineapple, blended with vanilla hints, with mineral notes as it ages. The taste is fragrant and structured, articulated, well balanced with an aftertaste of persistent almond notes.
The alcohol content is 13.5%. It is characterized by a great durability, just like a riserva: it is kept optimally for up to 10 years. To be serves at 10-12 degrees, it pairs well with fish, crustaceans, white meats, medium seasoning cheeses, saffron dishes.
In recent years, the wine has won important prizes, such as 5 grappoli of Bibenda for the vintage 2013, the Crown of Vini Buoni d'Italia for its 2014 vintage and the 2 glasses of Gambero Rosso for the 2013 and 2014 vintages. As for the brand new 2015 vintage, there is a novelty in the format: it is not only available in bordelaise format, but it is also available in a magnum format.
How will Vernaccia of San Gimignano Vigna Santa Margherita evolve? Its vineyard will tell, due to its continuous maintenance and renewal, such as, at this time, the replanting of its east side, visible in the video below.