Origin: Friuli D.O.C. Italy
Taste guide: Dry, gooseberry and floral notes on the nose, tropical and citrus fruit flavours, good minerality, unoaked
75cl - 12.5% - screwcap
Suitable for Vegan and Vegetarian
Another superb wine from the recently closed Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant chain.
This Sauvignon Blanc was produced by the Ponte del Diavolo winery in the Friuli region in north east Italy, named after the legendary 'Devil's Bridge', a 15th century stone bridge in the town of Cividale in Friuli.
The consultant winemaker at this winery is Kiwi Matt Thomson, one of the few remaining "flying winemakers" who travel between the antipodes and Europe bringing their New World techniques to traditional areas in Italy and France. Matt works in New Zealand as a consultant winemaker for several premium wineries in Marlborough, including Delta Vineyard, Saint Clair, Tinpot Hut and Lake Chalice Wines. He is a renowned winemaker and a key figure in the international wine industry and has spent every vintage since 1999 making wines in the Friuli region. Incidentally, we have one of his New Zealand wines, Delta Sauvignon Blanc, currently on our website. For this specific vintage Matt was assisted by one Italy's top winemakers, locally born Andrea Morlin.
The vineyards are situated in Grave del Friuli, the southern part of Friuli, where the alluvial plains with stony soils produce the best fruit. The grapes were picked first thing in the morning and were vinified using selected yeasts in stainless steel vats under controlled temperature to maintain the inherent freshness. After crushing, the must was chilled to 8-10°C and a portion of the must saw some skin contact. No harsh fining was used and the Sauvignon Blanc was bottled with screwcap to maximise freshness.
This is a classic in terms of Friuli Sauvignon Blanc. Pale straw yellow in colour, with green reflections. A lightly fragrant nose of dessert apples, the perfumes are fresh displaying a lovely apricot character and a subtle minerality. It is completed by good acidity on the palate and intense fruitiness, perfectly in balance with the structure of the wine. This is a wine with notable finesse and complexity.
To repeat, this is an Italian Sauvignon Blanc made in a Marlborough, New Zealand style. We love Sauvignon Blanc and really enjoyed this.
Obviously being a restaurant wine there is no retail price for comparison, but it was on Jamie Oliver's wine list at £29.00. A similar, branded wine from this winery sells for prices between £9.99 and would you believe £13.31.
Binendwines' price for this succulent Sauvignon is just £6.25.