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Producer: CollaviniGrape Varieties: 100% Refosco dal Peduncolo RossoOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: A fresh fruity red wineAlcohol 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 21 April 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 grapes were produced in the Corno di Rosazzo, Premariacco, Cividale del Fruili and Faedis territories, within the DOC of Colli Orientali del Fruili. Both Spur Cordon and Guyot training methods are used on the vines, which are planted to a density of 4,600 to 5,000 per hectare. The soils in the vineyard are mainly made up of marl and clay.
The grapes were destemmed, and then cold macerated at 4°C for a week, in order to carefully extract the fruit flavours from the skins. A brief fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Maturation and ageing continued in tank until the following spring, retaining freshness and the purity of fruit from the Refosco dal Peduncolo variety.
A red wine made from Friuli's native grape, Refosco. Vibrant and fresh aromas of briary fruit and raspberry are complemented by subtle hints of liquorice. The harmoniously balanced palate has faint background herbaceous notes leading to a fresh and elegant finish.
This fresh and vibrant red is excellent with white meat dishes, fat-rich fish dishes such as skate and tomato-based fish soups.
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso 100%
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Quite a substantial wine from this area, which we have visited. Good balance and plenty of body. Best with food, not drunk alone.
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Collavini Pucino Refosco 2017, Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC£15.40