A pure joy to drink! Will cellar very well too if shown restraint! Truly this flamboyant wine proves the whole is greater than than the sum of it parts.
“This white blend enjoys one of the most popular and heartfelt followings in the varied and beautiful world of vino Italiano. The 2016 Vintage Tunina is a blend of 25% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 22% Ribolla Gialla, 23% Malvasia and 5% Picolit. Despite the complexity of the blend, each variety shows its distinct personality with varying degrees of intensity. For example, there is no mistaking the radiant fragrances of the Sauvignon Blanc and the floral layers of the Malvasia. The Chardonnay gives the wine its textual fiber and core weight. The two indigenous grapes, Ribolla Gialla and Picolit, add unmistakable territory-specific personality with lush Mediterranean fruits. Fermentation is kicked off with indigenous yeast in stainless steel. Once 5% or 6% alcohol is achieved, one-quarter of the must is moved to Slavonian oak casks, where it completes fermentation. The wine then rests in oak for 11 months.” – 94 points, Wine Advocate (Monica Larner)
“Silvio Jermann’s celebrated estate is located in the province of Gorizia, bordering Slovenia, where some of the most interesting winemaking in northeast Italy is underway. With vineyards located on a plateau created with ancient deposits from the Isonzo River, the soils consist of what locals call “ponca.” In the case of Jermann, the ponca is compact and composed of strata dating from the Eocene Epoch, with marl and sandstone. It is very rich in mineral elements. Deep roots from old vines penetrate far into these characteristic soils. Areas closer to the river are generally rich in gravel. The entire area is well ventilated with marked thermal excursions between night and daytime temperatures.”