Livio Felluga, Friulano, 2020
Region: Colli Orientali, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
This wine is straw yellow in colour with golden hues. The nose is intense with complex aromas of mint, citrus peel, vanilla, ginger and white pepper, which interlace with herbal notes of thyme and rosemary. These aromas are complemented by tropical notes and intriguing mineral characters. The wine is well balanced, full and elegant with a pleasant acidity and a quintessential bitter almond aftertaste on the long finish.
This wine comes from the Colli Orientali zone in Friuli. The vineyards are planted on hillsides, where the soil is composed of marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin. The grapes were carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit was softly crushed. The must obtained was allowed to settle, and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was aged on the lees in stainless-steel tanks for six months to add texture and complexity.
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.