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Producer: CollaviniGrape Varieties: Chardonnay 50%, Glera 50%Optimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Fresh, light dry sparkling wineAlcohol by Volume: 11.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italy
Bright straw colour with a greenish tinge and fine constant bubbles. A fragrant nose with a hint of apples and pears with biscuit tones. A full flavour with a slight touch of lemon on the lingering finish.
The Collio region, a strip of hills against the Slovenian border, was only reunited with Italy after The First World War. This region is reputed to have one of Europe's most privileged micro-climates for white wines which dominate the region, while the red wines are also noted for their appeal. Collio wines are rather more intense than the wines 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.
Il Grigio was created in 1974
The Chardonnay grapes were picked before the Glera (previously known as Prosecco). The grapes were softly pressed separately and were not macerated on the skins. Fermentation took place at 14C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. This was followed by 5-6 months lees contact in sealed tanks to give extra richness. The wine was made sparkling using the Charmat method.
Chardonnay 50%, Glera 50%
Excellent as an aperitif but pairs nicely with fresh and crispy salads, oysters and fish based starters.
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