About This Wine
This is 100% Pinot Grigio from the Friuli region in the town of San Martino al Tagliamento. The vineyards are situated at the base of the Alps (which separate it from Austria) and the soils are a mix clay and gravel from alluvial deposits. The key to this region is the difference in diurnal temperature. In the growing season the days are very warm but the nights freezing. This allows a nice, long ripening and wonderful aromatics for the white wines. The Pinot Grigio here can be a lot richer than from the Veneto and Trento. Justin insists on handpicked fruit and in terms of winemaking, further emphasizes the grapes' pulpy richness by allowing 12- 18 hour skin contact in the press. The result is wonderfully pure, textural Grigio with heightened aromatic profile. There is about 5 months maturation on lees in tank prior to bottling.
Veneto is in North Eastern Italy and is a high producing, multi-faceted wine region that does several different wine varieties well.
In whites you have the indigenous grape, Garganega, which is the main grape in Soave wines. Today you can find great value Soave wine but also producers focussing on low yield, high quality winemaking in the original Soave zone called Soave Classico. Wines made here are complex, exhibiting flavours such as ripe pear, yellow peach, melon or orange zest and have smoky and floral aromas with a fresh mineral finish. Much of Italy’s famous crisp and refreshing Pinot Grigio also comes from this region.
In red wines, Valpolicella is the most notable. This uniquely Italian wine is made from a blend of Italian grapes, predominantly Corvina with a minority of Rondinella, Molinara, Corvinone and other indigenous varietals. Valpolicella is made in a wide variety of styles. On one hand, you have light-bodied wines resembling Beaujolais Nouveau with a sour cherry flavour, alcohol content often around 11%. On the other hand, you have full bodied Recioto (desert red wine) and Amarone (dry red) that reach 15-16% alcohol. Both of these heavier wine styles have achieved DOCG status. Amarone is rich and intense with flavour and aroma notes often compared with Port.
Prosecco which has been quite a popular sparkling wine variety in Australia in recent times also comes from the Veneto wine region.