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Producer: CollaviniGrape Varieties: 100% Pinot GrigioOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Full flavoured Pinto Grigio with hints of fresh walnutAlcohol 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 grapes are grown in the San Floriano del Collio, Gorizia, Cormòns and Mossa territories where the soils in the vineyards are predominantly made up of marl and sandstone. The vines are trained to the Cordon Spur and Guyot methods and are planted to a density of 4,500 to 5,000 per hectare.
A short maceration on the skins took place at low temperatures. The fermentation followed, lasting for two weeks, in temperature controlled tanks at 14 to 16°C. The wine was then aged and matured on its fine lees until the following spring, adding both texture and complexity to the final wine.
An elegant Pinot Grigio showing floral notes with characteristic hints of citrus fruits. On the palate, it is well balanced with delicate savoury notes enveloped in a silky texture and delivers a long, elegant finish.
Serve chilled as an apéritif or as a great match with pasta, fish dishes in a delicate sauce or grilled white meats.
Pinot Grigio 100%
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