Silvio Messana VdT Frizzante "Ghazii"
100% Sangiovese. Sourced from 4 hectares of organically farmed vines about a half hour from Montesecondo in Barberino Val d'Elsa. The whole clusters are pressed and fermented spontaneously in tank without sulfur. The wine ferments to near dryness and clarity in tank and is bottled in the spring with a small portion of must reserved from the fall, kicking off an additional fermentation to create the bubbles. The clear bottle is topped with a crown cap. Ghazii is part of a newer line of wines from Silvio Messana--featuring his own rather than Montesecondo's name; sourced organic Tuscan fruit; and clear glass bottles with crown caps--that gives him room for some experimentation and expansion beyond the core Montesecondo estate wines."Ghazii" references his North African upbringing (with one "i", ghazi means "sparkling" in Arabic, and with the double "ii", ghazii is a nickname for anti-colonial fighters).