Having established Pingus as a new benchmark for greatness in Spanish wine, Peter Sisseck has embarked on a new quest: to produce a wine that captures the soul of Ribera del Duero. And he is making that vision a reality by harnessing the passion of the region’s growers who, for far too long, lacked the tools, capital, and vision to make wine that is truly “theirs.” And thus, Ψ Psi was born.
It started as a Utopian idea. It was born of Peter’s passionate belief in organic and biodynamic farming, as well as his gratitude to the region for giving a young Danish winemaker the opportunity to make arguably Spain’s most coveted wine. And that idea was given even greater urgency as he watched the region’s oldest vineyards disappear.
Named after the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet, Ψ Psi emerged from a thought that had haunted Peter since he first arrived in Ribera del Duero in 1990.
The approachable 2018 PSI shows the progression they have made in this wine, which has seen a jump in quality since they built their own winery, where they could work much better. After the frost of 2017, they were again able to use some 10% of Garnacha, which, in this wine, adds freshness, fruit and not a lot of tannin and contributes to lower the pH.
It’s very juicy and very clean and precise, fresh like biting into a bunch of ripe grapes, and it developed notes of violets as the wine sat in the glass.