Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2019
This celebrated variety derives from a bud mutation of Pinot Noir. Pinot Grigio favors colder climates and finds its ideal habitat on the hillsides. Livio Felluga's vinification technique gives the wine finesse and elegance while preserving the faint coppery highlights that are Pinot Grigio's hallmark. Without a doubt, it is the best-known Friulian wine around the world.
The grapes used to make the Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio wine come from vineyards with predominantly loam and sandstone soils. The grapes are harvested by hand. When the grapes reach the winery, the clusters are carefully destemmed and allowed to macerate for a short time. Once maceration has finished, they are pressed gently, and the must obtained is clarified by decantation. The must ferments in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures. Once fermentation has finished, the wine is kept with its lees for six months, then it is bottled and stored for two more months to spend refining it before it is sold.
Livio Felluga knew his land in Collio Oriental inch by inch. He developed it from scratch after the area was abandoned at the end of World War II. He devoted himself to his work until his death at 102 years of age. The estate covers 160 hectares. The founder, Felluga, is considered to be the father of viticulture in Friuli.
The grapes are carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit is soft crushed. The must obtain then allowed to settle. The now-clarified must be fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
After fermentation, the wine settles on the lees in the stainless steel containers for six months. The bottled wine is aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for a minimum of two months.
Complex, powerful, and enveloping. Rich and multi-layered: the flower contribution of orange blossom, daisy, and white wisteria develops in ripe fruit notes: apricot, Percoca peach, white melon, and yellow peach. Sweet sensations of custard and crème brûlé are in perfect balance with the freshness of citrus fruit.
Palate: Crisp, ample, and compact. Full, progressive. The attack is complex and velvety, fresh, embracing. Excellent aromatic accord with the nose: pineapple, melon, Nashi pear, yellow peach, and sweet pastry notes enhanced by a lively freshness and pleasant savory notes. The finish is fresh, tense, and very persistent with citrus and white fruit aftertaste.