2016 Friulano 'Vigne'Zuani
Everything hinges on one exceptionally well-aspected "cru", or vineyard, on a gentle hillside where vines and gardens surround the Zuani cellar. The varieties planted are Friulano, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon, a carefully chosen range that produced the first vintage of Zuani Collio Bianco. The challenge that Patrizia Felluga and her son, Antonio and daughter, Caterina, have taken up is to make only wines that are genuinely typical of the region and this territory, the Collio. Zuani has produced two complementary wines. The first, "Zuani Vigne", is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to bring out its fresh, fruit-rich personality. The second, named simply "Zuani Zuani", is obtained from selected late-harvested grapes and aged in barriques of French oak, with frequent lees stirring.
The Zuani winery embodies the Felluga family winemaking heritage and expresses the fundamental unity of the traditional aspects of Friulian varieties with their more modern side. It is a project the Fellugas are approaching with an open mind and a fresh, innovative perspective on the region and its wines.
A white wine obtained from a blend of native Friulano grapes and international varieties that thrive in Friuli, especially in Collio, with its outstandingly favourable geology, soil types and site climates. The bright yellow hue introduces a soft, complex, fruit-rich nose enhanced by lingering mineral notes. The warm, broad palate echoes the nose, revealing balanced acidity and impressively rich fruit on the long finish.