The wines of Ponte Del Diavolo are made on the well-drained soils of Grave del Friuli and are fuller than those from Verona. The Ponte del Diavolo wines take their name from the spectacular medieval bridge in nearby Cividale. The story goes that the devil struck a bargain with the townspeople, promising to make them a bridge in return for the soul of the first living thing to cross it. The cunning citizens sent a dog or cat across, depending on the variation of the story, thereby saving themselves and gaining a wonderful bridge.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine are grown in vineyards in Grave del Friuli in the southern part of Friuli. The vines are grown on alluvial plains with stony soils.
The 2017 vintage was characterised by a cold winter with abundant rainfall. At the end of April, there was a period of frost. For this reason, blossom only began to appear towards the end of May. Sunny weather followed. However, frost and drought eventually meant that this was a relatively challenging vintage in terms of quantity. Nevertheless, the grapes that were harvested were of satisfactory condition and quality.
The grapes were picked first thing in the morning and were immediately chilled to maintain freshness. After crushing, the must was chilled to 8-10°C and a portion of the must saw some skin contact. Temperature controlled fermentation using selected yeasts took place in stainless steel tanks at 14°C. No harsh fining was used and the Sauvignon Blanc was sealed under Stelvin to maximise freshness and eliminate cork taint.
This is a classic in terms of Friuli Sauvignon Blanc. The perfumes are fresh, with notable finesse and complexity. The nose displays a lovely apricot character and a subtle minerality. It is completed by good acidity on the palate and intense fruitiness, perfectly in balance with the structure of the wine.