Livio Felluga Terre Alte 2017
Created in 1981, Terre Alte is considered one of Italy's most prestigious white wines. The balanced blend of Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon grapes, estate-grown at Rosazzo in the historic Terre Alte vineyards, yelds a superbly elegant wine with a profusion of intense fruit and flower aromas. A wine of outstanding structure, Terre Alte acquires a wonderfully complex bouquet of tertiary aromas with bottle aging.
Variety: Friulano - Pinot Bianco - Sauvignon
Denomination: Rosazzo Designated zone: D.O.C.G.
Area of production: Rosazzo
Soil type: Marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin
Grape: Friulano - Pinot Bianco - Sauvignon
Vine training system: Guyot
Pest control: Low environmental impact integrated pest management.
Harvest period: Last ten days of September
Harvest method: Manual
Vinification: The bunches were carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit was soft crushed. The must obtained was then allowed to settle. The Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, where they matured for about ten months. The Friulano fermented and aged in small casks of French oak.
Ageing: The Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon mature in stainless steel while the Friulano stays in small oak casks. After ageing for ten months, the wines were blended. The bottled wine was aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for nearly 9 months.
Appearance: brilliant yellow, luminous and intense
Nose: Great elegance and complexity. Rich bouquet, embracing and harmonious. Refined white flowers, jasmine and acacia blossom blend with fruit notes of canary melon, yellow peach, apricot compote and tropical hints of passion fruit and pineapple. Citrus aromas are enriched by elegant creamy sensations of pastry, candied almond, vanilla, crème brûlé. Balsamic finish of cedar wood, thyme and liquorice. Constant evolution.
Palate: Vigorous attack, full and velvety. Excellent harmony with the nose and great refinement. Pleasant acidic note. Mineral, savoury and round. The richness of tropical fruit, nuts and creamy notes is enhanced by spicy notes of white pepper and cardamom. Long and persistent, the aftertaste is elegant and florid.
Serving suggestions: Excellent with fish dishes, with vegetable first courses, white meat and cheese.
Serving temperature: 14 - 15 °C