Poggiobello Friulano 2018

16.99 13.59



The eponymous wine of Friuli, the region in Italy’s north-east corner famed for its white wines. Previously known as ‘Tocai Friulano’, and before that ‘Savignonassa’ due to its similarities with Sauvignon Blanc, Friulano (free-ooh-lah-no) often displays some of the tropical fruit vibrance of Sauvignon with a more elegant, rounded palate.

This gets gentle pressing after harvest, cool fermentation and then four months in the yeasts for extra body and flavour. Stone fruits (apricot, nectarine) combine on the nose with white flowers and wild herbs, the palate full and ripe with a fine minerality, finishing with a gentle acidity and hints of toasted almond.

Friuli’s aperitif per excellence, the traditional food match here is eggs and asparagus but it works superbly with good prosciutto as well.

  • Ripe, fruity, minerally
  • 750 ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2023

Producer: Poggiobello

When you get to the top of the hill where the winery is situated, it is easy to see why it is called ‘Poggiobello’ (beautifull hill): the view embraces 90 hectares of vineyards, arranged in orderly rows on terraces, facing south in the direction of the sea and northwards towards the white-topped Alps.

The land here is the key to the great wines produced. The largest single land-owner within the esteemed Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, most of the Poggiobello estate is given to vineyards, every twist and turn in the undulating landscape carefully considered for its suitability for one grape over another. Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Refosco, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are grown here at an altitude ranging from 80 to 250 metres.

The cellars were renovated in 2004, carved into the hill beneath the winery and affording a year-round temperature of 17 degrees, along with the addition of temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and a barrel room for ageing the estate's red wines.

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