Sauvignon

Biele Zôe Cuvée 85 I 15

HISTORY

For the Friulans, Sauvignon is seen as a native variety, born and raised in their land. But most are unaware of its history, which is relatively recent. In fact, its cultivation has been documented since the 1880s. After the destruction caused by oidium, the Friulan landowners brought in varieties suitable for quality wine production from other European countries. This is the case of Sauvignon, which passed from the French region of Bordeaux to Friuli (there are several written records of this), probably together with Sauvignonasse or Tocai, a grape that was reported in the Sauternes area in the late 19th century. There are similarities between Sauvignon and Sauvignonasse/Tocai as far as regards vine morphology and the characteristics of the wines. In fact, Friulan growers referred to Sauvignon as “aromatic Tocai”.

(Costantini Enos, Mattaloni Claudio, Petrussi Carlo, La vite nella storia e nella cultura del Friuli, Forum Edizioni, 2007.)

Grape variety

sauvignon blanc

Type of soil

marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin. Locally known as “Ponca”

Exposition

south / south west

Pest control

low environmental impact integrated pest management

Tasting notes

pale lemon colour with greenish highlights; On the nose it’s quite intense and complex with herbaceous notes, lime zest, passion fruits, white flower, eldeflower and boxwood. On the palate is beautifully elegant, refreshing and mineral. Very long and pleasant finish with all the flavours picked up on the nose and a touch of nutmeg and gooseberry

Temperature service

12°C

Alcohol

13% Vol. c.a.

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mid September, carefully harvested in the coolest hours of the day

after a soft press, the must has been decanted for 24 hours at a fixed temperature of 0°C, then we start the fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days at 16°-18° controlled temperature

the complexity and minerality of this wine makes it pairs very well with any rich seafood dish, especially seafood pasta. Though the perfect pairing would be with a soft goat cheese

2020

Bronze Medal – Decanter World Wine Tour 2021 – 89 points  Decanter bronze medal 2021