Awarded 95 points by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 Italy supplement article, My Dozen Dream Whites (see blue link below).
Felluga Terre Alte 2015 - Feb 2018 Decanter review
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 vines are Guyot-trained, with an ecologically sustainable approach to viticulture. Livio Felluga own 135 hectares of prime vineyard in Rosazzo, the best area in Friuli. The quality of the grapes reflects this even in difficult vintages.
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. The Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon matured in stainless steel while the Friulano stayed in small oak casks. After ageing for around 10 months, the wines were blended. This was then followed by nine months of ageing in bottle before release.
Intense straw yellow in colour, this is intense, elegant, complex and rich on the nose. Aromas of exotic fruit are perfectly integrated with notes of sage, white peach, elderflower, citrus peel and sweet almond. Fullbodied, structured and layered, this fine wine has a refreshing savoury minerality followed by a persistent, complex finish, with hints of candied citrus and vanilla.