Livio Felluga emigrated from Istria and established his property in Brazzano in the 1950s. Convinced of the winemaking potential inherent in Collio and the Colli Orientali of Friuli, he bucked the trend of the times and started buying vineyards. Their landmark Terre Alte was first produced in 1981 and they have continued to make innovative and consistently high quality wines since. Winemaker Andrea Felluga has embraced stelvin in a characteristically forward looking way. After experimenting with the closure for five years, he felt confident in using the stelvin closure to retain freshness and perfume in his wines.
The vineyards are planted on marl and sandstone. The training system is Guyot, with one or two fruiting arms along a main wire.
The 2016 season saw many similarities to 2015, with a cool winter and abundant rainfall. The beginning of the vegetative cycle saw alternate dry and rainy periods, which allowed the plants to develop well. The hot and dry summer that followed led to an abundant harvest of high quality grapes.
The grapes were carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit was softly crushed. The must obtained was allowed to settle, and then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine settled on the lees in the stainless steel containers for six months. The bottled wine was aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for a minimum of two months.
Bright yellow with youthful hues. The nose is intense with typical aromas of mint, citrus peel, vanilla, liquorice, gunpowder, thyme and marjoram. These are complemented with tropical notes and intriguing balsamic and mineral characters. The wine is well-balanced, full and elegant with a pleasant acidity and a quintessential bitter almond aftertaste integrated with the balsamic note on the long finish.