The harvesting of our olives has begun and will continue for another few days, but the extraction has already allowed us to anticipate the extraordinary product that is Panizzi's extra virgin olive oil 2017. In the coming days it will be bottled and placed in tins for sale. This year there will be two new sales formats.
But let's proceed with order.
This of 2017 is a beautiful production, the result of a collection of very gentle-tasting olives, reinvigorated by the pruning made last year on the plants of our olive groves.
The harvesting occurred slightly ahead of the seasonal average due to the great warmth of this last summer, but at the same time it came out as a wonderful surprise: torrential temperatures and no rain had left the plants seemingly without fruit, but just when pessimism had begun to spread, abundant and sudden rainfall in mid-July made a great deal of olives appear like magic. Moreover, the little water received from the plants in the first half of the summer has made the fruits grow very rich and the pressing yield came out unusually high for us.
Thanks, therefore, to Vertunno, the etruscan god who is in charge of seasons changing. Verunno gives his name to one of Panizzi's signature wines, so we feel particularly close to him. We want to believe that he has had a particular eye for our estate: throughout Chianti, olive oil production has been greatly penalized, but that was not the case for us, although for olive oil, as for wine, the quality beated quantity in 2017.
As for composition and production process, Panizzi olive oil goes through cold pressing and is made with Leccino, Frantoio and Moraiolo olives. Our olive groves extend on an altitude ranging from 250 to 350 meters above sea level and grow on clay-calcareous soils, in ideal conditions. These characteristics help to create a well-connocted taste, typical of our territory.
But let's proceed to tasting.
First let's look at it. It flows like bright green gold in our production plant and it appears clearly for what it is: the precious and rich juice of our land that seems to radiate energy and vitality, only by looking at it.
The scent reflects the appearance, with its intense and fragrant aroma, which reverts to Mediterranean herbs, mint and chamomile.
The taste is pleasing, gentle, soft, enveloping, silky, with the famous stinging characteristic of freshly pressed olive oil. Although it is not as aggressive and prickly as olive oil of less hot and arid years, it exhibits an extremely connotative taste, with very remarkable artichoke notes in the final.
New sales formats
In addition to the four sales formats already available in the past years, meaning the 0,5 liter, 3 liter, 5 liter tin cans and the 0.75 liter bottles, this year the 1 liter tin can will also be made available. In addition, the glass bottle is renewed in shape. To see all available formats click here.
Finally, new labels are also available for new and existing formats.
Panizzi reserves a special gem for its fans, lovers and true olive oil connoisseurs: the highest quality olives from the 2017 harvest will be used for the production of extra virgin olive oil IGP Toscana, a small de luxe production.
Most likely this special olive oil will be bottled (not put in tin cans): a precious packaging for a true delight, a niche in the niche.