Sbilfs are incorporeal, ubiquitous goblins that are everywhere and nowhere, in meadows, glades, woods, streams and… vineyards. The Friulano affair sbilfed them as much as it did the Friulians but, as is typical of their almost childlike nature, they soon got over it and, dressed in the red or green garb of medieval jesters, they sing the praises of this wine. They’re too small to be seen or heard? Says you!
Name: SBILF – Friulano 100% – Denominazione Origine Controllata – Friuli Colli Orientali.
Grape variety: Eight old Tocai Giallo biotypes, including 300 plants of Tocai Giallo dal Peduncolo Rosso.
Vine age: 10 years.
Territory: Terraced vineyards, marly soil with a good percentage of sand, south-westerly exposure, altitude 150-180 m above sea level.
Training system: Classic single Guyot, 4-5 productive buds per trunk.
Production: 30-35 ql / ha.
Harvest: Manual in small crates, then checked on vibrating sorting table.
Vinification: Part of the grapes is pressed as whole bunches, the must is allowed to cold-settle for less than 24 hours and then racked into concrete vats. The rest of the grapes is left to ferment on the skins in oak vats for 4-5 days. Lastly, the two parts are united. After fermentation the wine is left on the fine lees for approximately 20 months in concrete vats, with regular lees-stirring.
Ageing: The wine is bottled and left to age for about 12 months before being released for retailing.
Colour: Golden yellow.
Serving temperature: 14°C.
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