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There are elegant and intense varietal notes on the nose: aromas of passion fruit, mint, pineapple, white peach, tomato leaves and sage. On the palate, it is elegant and fine, with a balancing and refreshing acidity. Rich flavours ranging from citrus to tropical fruit lead to a balsamic and mineral finish.
Livio Felluga emigrated from Istria and established his property in Brazzano in the 1950s. Convinced of the winemaking potential inherent in Collio and the Colli Orientali of Friuli, he bucked the trend of the times and started buying vineyards. Their landmark Terre Alte was first produced in 1981 and they have continued to make innovative and consistently high quality wines since. Winemaker Andrea Felluga has embraced stelvin in a characteristically forward-looking way. After experimenting with the closure for five years, he felt confident in using the stelvin closure to retain freshness and perfume in his wines.
The vineyards for this wine are located in the heart of Friuli’s Colli Orientali DOC, near the village of Rosazzo. Soils are marl and sandstone flysch (‘ponca’ in the local dialect) of Eocene origin and the vines are trained with Guyot system.
The carefully destemmed grapes were left to macerate for a short period of time, after which the fruit was softly crushed and the must allowed to settle. The clarified must fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks between 17-19°C. After fermentation, the wine was left on the lees in the stainless steel containers for six months. The bottled wine then aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for a minimum of two months before release.