VARIETAL COMPOSITION 100% Schioppettino (Ribolla Nera)
PRODUCTION AREA Spessa (Colli Megaluzzi), Cividale of the Friuli
SOIL TYPE AND DISPOSITION Eocene Marls (Flysch of Cormons) on hill slopes
EXTENSION OF THE VINEYARD 0.7 hectare
ALTITUDE/EXPOSITION 160 m a.s.l., south/south-east
VINEYARD ESTABLISHMENT 1991-2002
VINE DENSITY 5000-7150 plants/hectare
VINE TRAINING SYSTEM Classic Guyot (4-6 buds)
YIELD PER PLANT about 1 kg (4/6 bunches) through bunch thinning after veraison, eliminating the second bunch and cutting the tip of the remaining bunch (about 10 cm)
GRAPE HARVEST half of the grapes are hand picked and placed on racks to dry naturally for about 3 weeks, while the remaining part is left of the plant to over ripen before being har vested.
WINEMAKING destemmed and crushed the grapes are placed in 2.5-tonne French oak vats to ferment for about 30 days, undergoing frequent manual punching of the cap. Fermentation starts with indigenous yeasts. The grape marc is delicately remo- ved from the vats, undergoes soft pressing and the resulting wine is placed in French oak barrels.
AGEING in French oak barriques for a minimum 36 mon- ths, and further 4 months in the bottle.