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2017 I Clivi Verduzzo

2017 I Clivi Verduzzo

Natural
94 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
2017 I Clivi Verduzzo
94 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

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A richly textured example of a distinctive grape from Friuli, in Northern Italy. Verduzzo is an impressive and full-flavoured variety, which in the hills of Friuli can make wines of real power and complexity. With everything from tropicals to green herbs, this is a truly "captivating" natural wine from a top flight producer.

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$32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

Verduzzo

Its Origins

"Ferdinando Zanusso founded I Clivi when he returned to Italy after thirty years and three different careers in Africa, including a stint in the United Nation’s World Food Program. His son Mario joined just after its inception and is involved in all aspects of the farm. Together they seek the fullest expression of their highly reputed terroir in Friuli’s esteemed Colli Orientali del Friuli and Collio growing districts. What distinguishes I Clivi from their peers are their devastatingly low yields, steep terrain, and old vines that range from sixty to eighty years of age. It is not surprising that their soils of calcareous clay, or ponca in local dialect, have been noted for their similarities to Burgundy’s Côte d’Or and organic farming goes without saying for vineyards of this caliber and rigor. All work in the cellar follows similar principles and attention to detail. Hand-harvested bunches are pressed very gently at Champagne levels so to squeeze only the purest must, a philosophy that sets the stage for the superb quality of the finished wines. Using only stainless steel vats for the white wines, the Zanusso’s produce wines of precision and definition without the interference of maceration or prolonged contact with the skin." — Coeur Wine Co

What The Critics Say

94/100 Vinous, Ian D'Agata

"Vivid golden-tinged straw-green. Minerals, white flowers, ripe apricot and almond paste on the captivating nose. Then very elegant with pure tangerine, green papaya and herbal flavors complicated by a strong almondy note emerging on the long mineral-stained finish. Exuding outstanding clarity and cut, this is a knockout and very pure Verduzzo Friulano, the product of very old vines (greater than 70 years old) in Gramogliano." Drink 2019 - 2025

Winemaker notes on current 2017 vintage

"Gentle, Violets aromas with an austere licorice finish. Full, Dense, with a lot of viscosity. Vinification: The hand-picked whole grapes (i.e. with no prior de-stemming) are pressed very gently (max 1.2 bar) in order to extract only the first and cleanest part of the must (mosto fiore), which is immediately pumped in a stainless steel vat where the most solid and heavy parts decant overnight. In the morning the upper part of the must is separated from the bottom (feccia grossa - hard lees) and racked in to another stainless steel tank, where the natural, grapes’ own yeasts start the fermentation of the sugars. This fermentation (called alcoholic) lasts till complete reduction of the sugars (which at the end are below 2 gr/lt) into alcohol. At the end of this process, the wine stays on its own fermentation deposits (feccia fine - lees), which are kept floating in order to avoid reductive (asphyxia) effects and to gain the stabilization and anti-oxidative benefits that these natural components bring. This is called maturation on lees. The length of this maturation varies from wine to wine; this Verduzzo matures 6 months on its own lees, always remaining in stainless steel vats (no oak). After this time, the wine is bottled with a light filtration, meant only to eliminate the cloudiness brought by the floating lees. 30 mg of SO2 are added per liter, which with the natural amount produced by the alcoholic fermentation adds up to a 50 mg/lt total, where the maximum amount allowed by EU Organic Regulations is 150 mg/lt."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Colour

    White

  • Region

    Friuli

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    13.00%

  • Maturity

    2019 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK
with SEAFOOD
with SHELLFISH

Taste

3

Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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