The brainchild behind this micro negotiant label is Christian Patat. Most of you have never heard of him, nor encountered his great wines. Some of you (lucky basterds) have been served an occasional bottle of Miani, probably be yours truly. Well Christian Patat helped Enzo Pontoni to blend that wine! He ain't nobody.
The New-Otium brand was born during one of these blending sessions, when Enzo and Christian decided that a few Miani barrels weren't qualified to be labeled as Miani. So what do you do? You ask Enzo to bottle these barrels separately under another label, and right then; Nec-Otium was born
Still to this day, the idea is the same. Christian Patat's friends produce their own wine as they see fit, but instead of bulking off disqualified juice, Nec-Otium gets the first offer, and usually it's "good enough" to be bottled on its own.
We offer Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and a punk-attitude Rosso, all from hillside vineyards in Friuli. We know from which producers our stuff were sourced. We might tell you. Or not.
Friuli is just complex and versatile. So much going on! Producers part of the Nec-Otium project are located in the Colli del Orientali hills, where grapes are fresher tasting and yields are lower.
As this is not a producer, by definition, there's no "philosophy" either. Christian Patat just picks the best batches from a bunch of heralded estates, and bottles them separately. On occasion there are blends introduced as well, and as sources are second to none, these versions usually offer outstanding complexity considering their modest price tags.
None. All wines are created by Friuli's elite winemakers, but as they are picky with what to bottle under their own name, occasional tanks/barrels are considered less great. These "left-overs" become Nec-Otium