Production Zone: D.O.C. Friuli Colli Orientali
Grape Variety: 100% Schioppettino
Growing System: Traditional Friuli single inverted with a plant density of 5,500 vines per hectare
Harvest time: The first week of October
Vinification: Also known as Ribolla Nera, the history of this variety as a native of the Colli Orientali del Friuli area can be traced far back in history. The grapes, which are extensive thinned out in June, are strictly hand-picked and laid in small cases for a slight raisining. The grapes are then stripped from the stalks and gently crushed. The resulting must is fermented on the skins with indigenous yeasts for approximately 20 days. During this period, remontages are carried out frequently carried to favour the transfer of colour and the noble components that define such an illustrious red wine from the skins to the fermenting must. After drawing off, the wine is left to rest in 500 litre French oak tonneaux for more than two years before bottling during the month of July. The wine is only presented to the consumer after a suitable resting and maturing period in the bottle.
Availability:In the autumn three years after the harvest.
Indicative Values: Total acidity 5.7 g/L; alcohol 14.50% by vol.
Colour: The wine’s distinctive deep colour stains the glass and creates dense, consistent legs.
Notes on flavour and bouquet: Swirling the glass releases an elegantly full and decisive bouquet with notes ranging from dried fig and walnut to balsamic scents of wood with a slight undertone of small black berries. The palate is generous and decisive, filling the mouth with a velvetiness, yet compact and determined with perfectly amalgamated noble tannin components, reiterating the wine’s entire aromatic spectrum in orderly succession.
Serving Temperature: Best transferred into a carafe some time in advance, serve at 18 - 20 °C
Serving Suggestions: A stately wine for meditation and to accompany strongly flavoured dishes: excellent with roasts, rich red meats, game fowls and strong cheeses.