2018 Schiopetto Collio Friulano
Mario Schiopetto was the man considered responsible for bringing fame to Friuli’s white wines. He pioneered wine preservation techniques in the wine making process, something lacking in the region in the 1970’s - cold and anti-oxidative handling, epitomised by the German handling of Riesling - along with the more 'French' technique of elevating their wines in a careful, more oxidative, texture-building manner.
Schiopetto’s standout variety is Friulano which sees 7-8 months on lees resulting in a wine that’s rich in texture and flavour with an abundance of wild floral and almond notes on the nose, supported on the palate with rich stone fruits and refreshing acidity.
Bright pale straw colour with a subtle tinge of green running around the outskirts and a watery hue. Elevated pear, lime and green apple notes merge into distinct stone, fresh herb and mineral notes. On the palate ripe pear, red apple skin and lime flavours show excellent intensity enveloped by a supple stony like mouthfeel. Making an appearance on the back half are notions of wet slate, infusions of fresh herbs and a delicate salted almond character. Finishes dry with brisk acidity and a long finely detailed aftertaste.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
Aromas of sesame leaves, lemon zest, coriander, white pepper and paprika. Full-bodied, dense and, at the same time agile. Hints of olive oil and green olives. Citrus fruit, too. Drink now.