Collavini IL Grigio Brut Spumante NV
The Collio region, a strip of hills against the Slovenian border, was only reunited with Italy after The First World War. This region is reputed to have one of Europe's most privileged micro-climates for white wines which dominate the region, while the red wines are also noted for their appeal. Collio wines are rather more intense than the wines from Friuli and have impressive richness and length. Founded by Eugenio Collavini in 1896, this family owned house is now run by Manlio Collavini together with his three sons. Located in Udine, they were among the first to vinify Ribolla Gialla (an ancient local variety) and to implement new winemaking technologies. Collavini prides itself on its clean, modern style wines while still retaining the traditions and grape varieties native to this area. Collavini's Broy is a multiple Tre Bicchieri winner and is recognised as one of Italy's top white wines.
The chardonnay grapes were picked before the Glera (previously known as Prosecco). The grapes were softly pressed separately and were not macerated on the skins. Fermentation took place at 14C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. This was followed by 5-6 months lees contact in sealed tanks to give extra richness. The wine was made sparkling using the Charmat method.
Bright straw colour with a greenish tinge and fine constant bubbles. A fragrant nose with a hint of apples and pears with biscuity tones. A full flavour with a slight touch of lemon on the lingering finish.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
IL Grigio Brut is best served chilled as an aperitif or to accompany fish hors d'oeuvres and roast pork. Also excellent with pureed vegetables
Country / Region / Appellation
IT / Friuli Venezia Giula / Collio DOC