2018 | Venezia Giulia IGT
Category: white, dry
Grapes: Pinot Bianco
Location: Comune of Gorizia
Viticultural area: Isonzo
Soil profile: shallow soils, with abundant pebble and gravel
Training method: double arched
Vine density: 3.000 vines /ha
Planting age: 30 years
Harvest period: first half of September
Pre-fermentation cold macerations: 8°-10° C
Pre-fermentation cold settling
Fermentation: 16°-22° C
Malolactic fermentation: not made
Maturation: 9 months on the lees
Clarification: gravity settling
Bottling: 15th November 2019
Bottle-ageing: 9 months
Alcohol: 14,00% in vol
Total acidity: 5,99 g/l
Estimated peak of maturation: 5 years
Estimated cellar life: 10 years
The 2018 vintage had a promising start, with temperatures above average during bud break. Rising temperatures from mid-April onwards led to rapid vegetative growth and brief and early flowering, approximately 15 days ahead of the historical norm. Positive weather conditions from May to July were marked by evenly distributed rainfall particularly high temperatures in the month of June, critical for the growth of the berries. The first signs of veraison were observed at the beginning of July in the early zones, two weeks ahead of the historical average for the area. Record-breaking heat at the end of July and the first decade of August created ideal conditions for ripe, healthy fruit, while significant temperature excursions promoted the synthesis of essential aromatic compounds.
The 2018 vintage is also remembered for the perfect September weather, which created perfect conditions for the ripening of red grapes. From a qualitative standpoint, the 2018 vintage maintained the level of the previous one. The white wines, in particular Friulano and Sauvignon, stood out for their moderate alcohol content, balanced acidity and great aromatic expressiveness.
Winter 2015 was characterized by above-average temperatures. After two dry months, normal rainfall was recorded in March. The season began with budding in line with historical averages, although April, which was quite dry with temperatures lower than normal, led to a regular flowering at the end of May with a high fruit set. During the months of June and July, the continuation of good weather interspersed with brief precipitation greatly benefited the phenological development of the plant. Veraison began from July 18th for early varieties (Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon) and concluded with late varieties on August 8th. A strong and pronounced temperature fluctuation in August allowed for an ideal ripening of the grapes, which appeared ready for harvest from the early days of September. The 2015 vintage will be remembered as a good, consistent year, with healthy and aromatically ripe grapes. The wines exhibit good balance and strong varietal recognition with a propensity for longevity.
The 2014 vintage was one of the most challenging to manage in the last quarter-century in Friuli. After a first part of the summer as hot as it was humid and rainy, copious precipitation accompanied by below-average seasonal temperatures in August and September created significant problems both from a health perspective and in achieving perfect grape ripeness. However, in our area, much more than in other wine-growing areas in Friuli Venezia Giulia, the number of wines worthy of the highest consideration is not few (particularly Friulano, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon and white blends). The constant ventilation enjoyed by the hills and a good part of the plain, the steep slope of some vineyards, the increase in manpower, and the determination to produce quality wines may have played a decisive role in the final results. The wines present themselves as fresh, elegant, and with the passing of years, they may even surprise us.