A blend of mostly Friulano with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, the green-labeled Borgo del Tiglio 2017 Collio Studio di Bianco is one of the iconic white wines of northeast Italy, with only 900 bottles released. This estate has the Midas Touch, especially when it comes to nailing that perfect balance between aromatic purity and a multidimensional, almost creamy mouthfeel. You get intensity across the board, and the blend is so carefully contemplated, no one side pulls harder than the other. Seamless balance is achieved even in a difficult vintage such as this. Orchard fruit, preserved lemon and Italian pastry crust give this wine a beautiful aromatic presentation. Drink 2021-2028
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About this WINE
Borgo del Tiglio Nicola Manferrari
An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.
It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.
In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.
It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.