Decanter reveals their White Wines of the Year 2020

Decanter has unveiled their White Wines of the Year in the latest (February 2021) issue of the magazine and we are delighted that the Vie di Romans `Flors di Uis` 2018 features in their list, with the joint second-highest score of 95 points. 

Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Chairs, key contributors and Decanter staff were asked to nominate the "classic, offbeat and value wines that impressed them most in 2020". The 107 nominated wines were then blind-tasted and ranked by a trio of judges: Decanter contributing editor Andy Howard MW; Ronan Sayburn MS and Beth Willard, buying manager for Direct Wines.

The nominated white wines made for a "very exciting and eclectic tasting", from which Ronan Sayburn MS highlighted the “intriguing and complex” `Flors di Uis` 2018, remarking that “there are so many less-familiar grapes out there that people might not have tried…Give them a go!”

The Decanter expert panel also commented that the wine's blend of “floral, perfumed Malvasia and Friulano with steely Riesling results in an aromatic nose with grapey aromas coupled with lime and salty sea air. Bright, fresh, stoned fruit characters with some plumpness and ripeness balanced by lively acidity and grip. Layered lanolin and beeswax on the finish.”

The `Flors di Uis` is sourced from Gianfranco Gallo’s Boghis, Ciampagnis and Vie di Romans vineyards in the heart of Isonzo. The well-drained soil here is stony, glacial and rich in minerals, soaking up whatever rainfall there is like a sponge. The wide temperature difference between the cool nights and hot summer days slows ripening and allows the grapes to accumulate a great deal of flavour. This, along with the low yields Gallo achieves and his proclivity for picking grapes only once fully mature, gives wines of great intensity and richness.