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Livio Felluga `Terre Alte`

Colli Orientali, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Livio Felluga

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.

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Vineyards

The vines are guyot-trained, with an ecologically sustainable approach to viticulture.  Livio Felluga own 135 hectares of prime vineyard in Rosazzo, the best area in Friuli.  The quality of the grapes reflects this even in difficult vintages.

Vintage information

Andrea Felluga says he is "happy with the 2010 wines, even if it wasn`t an easy year." The rains ensured it was a much better year for whites than reds, though in both cases a severe selection of grapes was the key to quality. "The wines have lovely aromatics of fresh flowers and herbs. They are vibrant and nicely balanced with a little less alcohol than in 2009." Manual harvest took place in the last ten days of September.

Vinification

The bunches were carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit was soft crushed. The must obtained was then allowed to settle. The Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, where they matured for about ten months. The Friulano fermented and aged in small casks of French oak. The Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon matured in stainless steel while the Friulano stayed in small oak casks. After ageing for about ten months, the wines were blended. This was then followed by nine months ageing in bottle before release.  

Tasting Notes

Intense straw yellow in colour, this is captivating, intense, elegant, complex and rich on the nose.  Aromas of exotic fruit are perfectly integrated with notes of sage, white peach, elderflower, hawthorn, citrus peel and sweet almond. Full bodied, structured and layered, this rich wine has a refreshing savoury  minerality followed by a persistent, complex finish, with hints of candied citrus, marjoram and vanilla sugar.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 40% Sauvignon Blanc
30% Friulano
30% Pinot Blanc/Pinot Bianco
Region Colli Orientali, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
Winemaker Viorel Flocea
Consultant Winemaker Stefano Chioccioli
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8g/l
Wine pH 3.36