i Clivi 2015 'Clivi Brazan' Friulano, Collio DOC
Item Number: 12489
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Sub Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Appellation/AVA: Collio DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Brazan Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Friulano (fka Tocai Friulano)
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Residual Sugar(g/L): <2 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.1 g/L
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Flysch (marl and sandstone)
Case Production: 250
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested. Whole clusters are gently pressed in order to extract only the first and cleanest part of the must, which is immediately pumped to a stainless steel vat where most solids and heavy parts decant overnight. In the morning, the upper part is racked off the bottom to another stainless steel tank. Fermentation occurs spontaneously with native yeast. The Brazan Friulano matures on its fine lees for 18 months to avoid reductive effects and to gain the stabilization and anti-oxidative benefits that these natural components bring. The wine is bottled with a light filtration, meant only to eliminate the cloudiness brought by the floating lees. 30 mg/L of SO2 are added. The total SO2 is 55 mg/L.
Tasting Notes: Brazan Friulano shows peach flowers, pink grapefruit, anice, hydrocarbons, and petrol. The palate is profound, dense and intense. The longer lees maturation drives the wine's aromatic expression from primary, variety-related aromas to a deeper, more terroir-driven character.
Vineyard Notes: Brazan is one of i Clivi's two vineyard crus. Brazan is located in Gorizia along the Slovenian border. The vineyard is planted to 80-year-old vines.
Brazan Friulano vs Galea Friulano: The two wines are made with the same grape variety and mostly the same vinification techniques (18 months on lees versus 24 months); the only difference is the terroir. Drier and sun-kissed, the Galea Vineyard has earthy flavors and a minerality of baked stones. Humid and with a greater diurnal variation, the Brazan Vineyard has hydrocarbonic aromas and a minerality of salty sea air.