Top Sauvignon Blanc from the Friuli region near the border of Slovenia.
Lis Neris - Picol 2015 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of pineapple, goosberry, citrus with hints of tomato leaves, sage and mint.
On the palate well balanced, dry, medium bodied with nice mineral notes, great acidity and freshness. Full in the mouth with a great and persistence finish.
Grape variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing area: Right bank of Isonzo river – San Lorenzo
Soil type: Calcareous, gravel soils on a broad alluvial shelf 60 metres above sea level
Vigneto: Picol – Jurosa – Gris
Average age of vines: more than 25 years
Training system: Guyot – 5200 vines/ha
Production: 50 hl/ha
Bottles produced: 40.000 (average)
Vinification: Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 20-22°C, followed by a maturation on the fine lees in stainless steel vats and 500-litre French oak barrels for 11 months, with frequent bâtonnage. The wine is cellared for 12 months after bottling.
Ageing potential: 6 – 10 years
Serving temperature: 11° C
Food Pairing: Catalan-style Lobster, hake with broccoli sauce.
Sauvignon Blanc is an international grape planted in many areas of the world. The two leading schools (areas) are French. The Loire valley produces a style of wine which is highly aromatic, salty and mineral, while in Bordeaux, where this grape is often combined with Semillion, is characterized by a good structure and body. In both cases only the best examples will be elegant and refined.
The right bank of Isonzo river has gravelly and warm soils, which are crucial to gain greater structure. As for climate, it is characterized by wide changes of temperature due to winds coming from the Balkans and by Mediterranean influxes from the nearby sea. These aspects put together create in this area the right conditions for a “Friulian style of Sauvignon Blanc”.