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Producer: CollaviniGrape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Elegant clean yet soft Sauvignon BlancAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italian
The Collio region, a strip of hills bordering Slovenia, is reputed to have one of Europe's most privileged micro-climates for white wines while the red wines are also noted for their appeal. Collio wines are rather more intense than those from Friuli and have impressive richness and length. Founded by Eugenio Collavini in 1896, this family owned house is now run by Manlio Collavini together with his three sons. Located in Udine, they were among the first to vinify Ribolla Gialla - an ancient local variety- and to implement new winemaking technologies. Collavini prides itself on its clean, modern style wines, while still retaining the traditions and grape varieties native to this area. Collavini's "Broy" is a multiple Tre Bicchieri winner and is recognised as one of Italy's top white wines. As keen dog lovers, the Collavini’s very first pet Dachshund “Ribolla” is portrayed on the label.
The winter was cold and very dry, with almost no rainfall. However, spring was warmer than usual and budding took place 10 days earlier than average years. On April 21st a severe frost covered large areas and resulted in a significant drop in yields, of approximately 20%. The summer was hot, with several days reaching over 40°C however regular rainfall avoided any water stress in the vines. Towards the end of August the temperatures fell, which was ideal for encouraging the aromatic components in the grapes.
The estate was founded by Eugenio Collavini in 1896. The vineyards are located in San Floriano del Collio, Cormòns and Gorizia where the Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted to a density 5,000 vines per hectare. Trained according to the cordon spur and Guyot methods, they yield 80 to 90 quintals per hectare. The vineyard soils are marl and sandstone.
Classic winemaking techniques were used, with low temperature skin contact overnight. The grapes were gently pressed, followed by fermentation which took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and lasted approximately two weeks. The wine remained on its fine lees until the maturation was complete.
An elegantly styled Sauvignon Blanc showing great typicity and minerality, with hints of yellow peppers, sage and melon. The palate is fresh, full bodied and confidently aromatic, with a long finish.
Chilled at 10°C with hors d'oeuvres, fish in sauces and shellfish. This is a great match with an asparagus risotto.
Sauvignon Blanc 100%
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