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

A challenge for winemakers in the area, vintage conditions in 2013 ranged from cool and rainy to hot and dry. Unfortunately, wet conditions and cooler temperatures early in the growing season resulted in uneven flowering. Later in the season, well-timed showers helped the development of some vines and averted hydric stress during particularly warm periods. Great experience and skill were needed to successfully navigate the year's weather especially around harvest time, resulting in more characterful wines from this vintage that are a true reflection of the region.

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

The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is certain to be a classic in terms of Friuli Sauvignon. The perfumes are fresh, with notable finesse and complexity. An array of aromas abound, including a lovely apricot character and a chalky minerality on the palate. It is completed by good acidity and intense fruitiness, perfectly in balance with the structure of the wine.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Grave Del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Winemaker Matt Thomson
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 4g/l
Wine pH 3.4