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Miani, Sauvignon Zitelle 2018
Friuli Venezia Giulia
The best of both worlds, the Friulano Buri blends grapes from two different parcels of terraced vines, both old: one provides grapes that are intense, flavorful and fruit-forward; the other has grapes that offer minerality, freshness and vitality. The combination makes a Friulano that marries aromatics with structure to create an age-worthy, serious white.
Located in Friuli's Collio Orientali, a prime sub-region DOC north of Trieste that�s sandwiched between Udine and the Slovenian border, Miani�s vineyards sport a soil known as Ponca soils, marl with limy marine deposits, which make the estate�s whites especially taut, vibrant, and elegant. Estate owner Enzo Pontoni is maniacal about low yields, which means that in low production vintages his wines are remarkably textured, complex and opulent. Miani privileges terroir in making its wines, and thus presses gently, ferments in barrels and only employs malolactic fermentation except for Chardonnay, all without temperature control and using only indigenous yeasts.
Miani�s Enzo Pontoni is one of the best producers of white wines in Italy. His white (and red) wines have become absolute cult wines owing to a remarkable depth of flavour and concentrated texture, though they are never heavy or unbalanced. In the Colli Orientali DOC, Miani sits on a hilly slice of the Udine province near Italy�s border with Slovenia. On a total of 13 hectares (4 are family owned), they cultivate Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Malvasia, and Friulano, as well as, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. The vineyards are situated at an altitude from 100 to 300 meters above sea level, and the vine density is kept relatively low at 3000 plants per hectare. In the winter the vines are mercilessly pruned and the drastic green harvest leaves one or two bunches per vine. It is clear that revenue and profitability have never entered this winemaker�s agenda, while the manicured vineyards show intense passion for viticulture. Enzo took over the family winemaking business after his father had passed away. Leaving his engineering career in order to dedicate himself fully to his new passion. At almost 7 feet tall, Enzo has a commanding presence and does not compromise when it comes to making wine: each year he only produces 9000 bottles, and all according to rigorous organic farming methods. He ages many of his wines in French oak barriques, and does not interfere with the natural temperature of fermentation.