DENOMINATION: Venezia Giulia IGT
GENERAL INFORMATION: Attems Sauvignon Blanc boasts a quite distinctive, very complex bouquet. In colour it appears a straw yellow, typically with greenish highlights. Its palate exhibits crisp, tangy acidity and full flavours.
VINTAGE REPORT: The 2012 growing season began a bit early in respect to past years for some grape varieties - the most precocious - while for the other late-blooming varieties germination was according to the usual “calendar”. Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco, especially in the highest-altitude and most exposed areas, began germination in the last ten days of March. These varieties, at lower altitudes, and all other varieties began germination after the first week of April. The months of April and May were, on average rainy with temperatures slightly higher than usual; this guaranteed regular and constant growth of the fruiting canes. During the last ten days of June, flowering occurred for all varieties and therefore fruit set saw the regular rains for the month. The only precipitation in July was concentrated during the first weeks of the month and guaranteed the correct amount of water for grape growth. Throughout veraison and maturation – end of July and August – there were no heavy rains and temperatures were slightly above-average; nevertheless the aromatic evolution of the grapes was excellent. Thus, the harvest began at the end of August and proceeded favourably.
TASTING: A luminous straw yellow, with subtle greenish highlights announces this wine. The nose is rich and dense, with lovely elderflower blossom that blends seductively into fresh sage and tomato leaf, followed in turn by ripe white plum and crisp grapefruit. The refreshing palate is impressively balanced, with a firm structure, and the finish shows a compelling appeal.