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 2017 vintage began with a cold, rainy winter and was compounded by a late frost at the end of April. Flowering was late, beginning towards the end of May on the higher slopes, a little earlier in the lower vineyards. Sunny weather followed and the summer weather was good. Overall, 2017 was a relatively challenging vintage because of the difficult start and quantities were down on the previous year. Despite this, the grapes were harvested in good condition and quality levels were high.
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.
This wine is bright yellow in colour with youthful hues. The nose is intense with typical aromas of mint, citrus peel, vanilla, liquorice, gunpowder, thyme and marjoram. These are complemented by 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.