Sauvignon

Colli Orientali

Livio Felluga

Livio Felluga emigrated from Istria and established his property in Brazzano in the...

1950s. Convinced of the winemaking potential inherent in Collio and the Colli Orientali of Friuli, he bucked the trend of the times and started buying vineyards. Their landmark Terre Alte was first produced in 1981 and they have continued to make innovative and consistently high quality wines since. Winemaker Andrea Felluga has embraced stelvin in a characteristically forward looking way. After experimenting with the closure for five years, he felt confident in using the stelvin closure to retain freshness and perfume in his wines.

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Vineyards

The vineyards for this wine are located in the Friuli near the village of Rosazzo, in the heart of Colli Orientali DOC. Soils are marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin and the vines are trained with Guyot system. Felluga practice sustainable viticulture.

Vintage Information

The 2016 season saw many similarities to 2015, with a cooler winter and abundant rainfall. The beginning of the vegetative cycle saw alternate dry and rainy periods, which allowed the plants to develop perfectly. The hot and dry summer that followed led to an abundant harvest of high quality grapes.

Vinification

The grapes are carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit is softly crushed. The must obtained is then allowed to settle. The clarified must ferments in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks between 17-19°C. After fermentation, the wine is left on the lees in the stainless steel containers for six months. The bottled wine is aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for a minimum of two months.

Tasting Notes

Elegant and intense varietal notes on the nose: aromas of passion fruit, mint, pineapple, white peach, tomato leaves and sage. On the palate, it is elegant and fine, with a balancing and refreshing acidity; rich flavours ranging from citrus to tropical fruit with a balsamic and mineral finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Colli Orientali, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Winemaker Viorel Flocea
Alcohol (ABV) 13%