To produce the Sauvignon DOC Livio Felluga the carefully destemmed grapes were left to macerate for a short period of time, after which the fruit was softly crushed and the must allowed to settle. The clarified must fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks between 17-19°C. After fermentation, the wine was left on the lees in the stainless steel containers for six months. The bottled wine then aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for a minimum of two months before release.
The vineyards for this wine are located in the heart of Friuli’s Colli Orientali DOC, near the village of Rosazzo. Soils are marl and sandstone flysch (‘ponca’ in the local dialect) of Eocene origin and the vines are trained with Guyot system.
There are few producers who have been more important in defining the quality image of Italian white wines than Livio Felluga. Their landmark ‘Terre Alte’ was first produced in 1981, and they have continued to make innovative and consistently high-quality wines ever since. The way in which winemaker Andrea Felluga has embraced screwcap is another example of his forward-thinking approach. After experimenting for five years, Andrea now feels confident that screwcap is the right step for the Felluga wines and that the closure will help retain the freshness and perfume that mark these wines out from the crowd. The quality of the Felluga range can largely be attributed to the fruit being grown on their 155 hectare property, which is divided into 300 parcels. The estate’s vineyards straddle provincial borders, being located in both Colli Orientali and Collio. Their most prized possession is the holding at Rosazzo, where their Merlot and the grape varieties used in the famed ‘Terre Alte’ blend (Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon Blanc) are planted. Their Pinot Grigio is wonderfully intense yet balanced, while the Friulano is the most restrained and well-defined example of this variety produced.