Sauvignon Blanc

Grave Del Friuli

Ponte del Diavolo

This is an area in which we had struggled to find the wine...

we wanted so decided to bring in Andrea Morlin to work alongside Alana McGettigan and Matt Thomson. The wines are made on the well-drained soils of Grave del Friuli and are fuller than those from Verona. The Ponte del Diavolo wines take their name from the spectacular medieval bridge in nearby Cividale. The story goes that the devil struck a bargain with the townspeople, promising to make them a bridge in return for the soul of the first living thing to cross it. The cunning citizens sent a dog or cat across, depending on the variation of the story, thereby saving themselves and gaining a wonderful bridge.

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Vineyards

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine are grown in vineyards in Grave del Friuli in the southern part of Friuli. The vines are grown on alluvial plains with stony soils.

Vintage Information

Yields were hit hard in 2011, at 20-40% lower than usual but with excellent quality, ripe, healthy fruit and good structure. Conditions in Grave del Friuli were good. The reduction in temperature at the beginning of August favoured the development of the aromatic compounds in the grapes and was followed by a windy period of dry heat which slowed down the ripening process, keeping the grapes dry and healthy at the same time.

Vinification

The grapes were picked first thing in the morning and were immediately chilled to maintain freshness. After crushing, the must was chilled to 8-10°C and pressed gently for 12 hours. Minimal skin contact and temperature controlled fermentation using selected yeasts took place in stainless steel tanks at 16°C. No carbon fining was used and the Sauvignon Blanc was sealed under Stelvin to maximise freshness and eliminate cork taint.

Tasting Notes

Pale but bright in colour, the 2011 has a fresh bouquet showing finesse and complexity. The complex array of aromas show lovely white stone fruit character and is followed by a chalky minerality on the palate. Good acidity completes it, perfectly in balance with the structure of the wine.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Grave Del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Winemaker Matt Thomson
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%