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.
Matt Thomson, winemaker for Ponte del Diavolo, reported a generally good vintage in Friuli. It was a year in which significantly cooler nights were coupled with the traditionally warm days. While wet, there was also less rain than in the Veneto. "The wines are better than in 2009, with increased aromatics and lower alcohols," said Matt Thomson.
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 pressed gently for 12 hours. Minimal skin contact and temperature controlled fermentation using selected yeasts took place in stainless steel tanks at 16°C. No carbon fining was used and the Sauvignon Blanc was sealed under Stelvin to maximise freshness and eliminate cork taint.
The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is certain to be a classic in terms of Friuli Sauvignon. The perfumes are fresh, with notable finesse and complexity. A complex array of aromas abound; it has a lovely white stone fruit character and a chalky minerality on the palate. It is completed by good acidity, perfectly in balance with the structure of the wine.