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“Ronco delle Mele”

Sauvignon • DOC Collio

HARVEST 2019

One of the Cru wines of Venica&Venica and representative of the “Spirit of the place” project

 

Ronco delle Mele” is nowadays one of the most famous and rewarded white wines in Italy, a real symbol of Venica&Venica’s winery. In particular, vintage 2001 was recognized as Best Italian White Wine at the Oscar Nomination 2003 held by the guide Bibenda.

RONCO DELLE MELE Sauvignon 2019 DOC Collio | VENICA & VENICA

Vineyard & Grape Variety

“RONCO DELLE MELE” VINEYARD

 

This Sauvignon takes its fascinating and suggestive name from the same vineyard where its special grapes come from.

The small hill has a wonderful story to tell: during the First World War, it was bombed by the Austrians and this caused a slight landslide of the slope.
Therefore, once the founder Daniele Venica bought the property in 1930, it was time to do something. In the following years he decided to plant several apple trees among the existing vines, in order to support the soil, according to promiscuous agriculture which was very common at that time.

The first Sauvignon R3 vines were planted later, in 1984, by Gianni and Giorgio Venica. After carefully observing the soil and climate varieties of Cerò’s hill, they became aware that the North-west exposure was the ideal one to obtain intensely aromatic wines. It was finally born the “Ronco delle Mele Project“, which kept developing and becoming more and more important till the production of the first vintage, in 1995, which immediately obtained some of the major awards from the Italian wine guides.

Ronco delle Mele’s Sauvignon vineyard is located inside the DOC Collio area. It is oriented towards the Julian Alps with a view of Mount Canin’s glacier and a maximum altitude of about 150 m above sea level.
Despite its limited extension of about two hectares, it is necessary to harvest the grapes at various times, due to the different microclimates between the vine rows created by the forest’s presence, the exposure to sunlight and the breeze coming from the North.

 

GRAPE VARIETY

 

Sauvignon blanc is one of the most famous “international” varieties around the world. However, it is beloved by Friulians as a local one.

An elegant, delicate, noble and timeless classic. Coming from Bordeaux, in Italy Sauvignon found its ideal environment on the sandstone marl of Collio ‘s hills. It adapted to the variability of soil and climate of this area, which is now an expression of its own character, getting to be truly considered today in Friuli as an indigenous grape.

Wine Characteristics

ALCOHOL IN VOL.%  

13,5

TOTAL ACIDITY ‰

5,2

HARVEST

The grapes were picked and de-stemmed on September 5th and 6th 2019.

VINIFICATION | AGING

The must was then left on the skins for 20 hours at a temperature of 11°-12° C in tanks especially designed to protect it from oxygen by using recycled carbon dioxide from the first fermentation, in order to avoid using high levels of antioxidants. Subsequently, 20% of the must fermented and aged on the lees for 5 months in 20-27 hl barrels and the remaining part in stainless steel vats.

BOTTLING

The wine was then blended and bottled during full moons between the end of March and June 2020.

FORMATS

75 cl bottle | 1.5 l magnum | Large size bottles [hand painted] 3 l – 5 l

Sauvignon Ronco delle Mele Collio

COLOR

Shining in gold green shades.

NOSE

This wine’s complexity is incredible, as well as the magical sensations that derive from it. The olfactory characteristics are those typical of Sauvignon in cold climates: intense and elegant aromas of elderberry, gooseberry, tomato leaf, green pepper, boxwood and cedar, secondly enriched with citrus nuances of lime and grapefruit, mineral flint tones and light smoky notes.

PALATE

In the palate the wine follows and amplifies the scents perceived by the nose, in particular the uniqueness of tomato leaf, the freshness of citrus fruits and the acidity and minerality typical of Collio, offering a pleasant sip with persistent intensity, full-bodied and creamy but also sharp and well-balanced. The finish is long, velvety and soft. Ronco delle Mele represents the desire to produce a very typical and savory wine, impeccable for precision and style.

TO BE PAIRED WITH

Eggs with truffles, crepes with porcini mushrooms, lobster ravioli, grilled prawns, risotto with asparagus and seafood: the list of dishes that would be perfect with this wine could be infinite.
In general, it goes well with everything, especially with appetizers, delicate soups, shellfish and fishes with sauce.

SERVING TEMPERATURE

 12/13°C

AGING POTENTIAL

over 10 years

Harvest

Some impressions during the Sauvignon Harvest in our Ronco delle Mele vineyard DOC Collio

The images take you to the most important vineyard of the Venica & Venica Winery, among the wonderful Collio hills. We are pleased to make you relive one of the most important moments of the year: the harvest of the “Sauvignon” grape in the vineyard until it arrives at our winery…

Bottle Sizes

RONCO DELLE MELE Sauvignon 2019 DOC Collio | VENICA & VENICA

‘Classic’ Wine Bottle 

Bottle size: 75 cl

Magnum RONCO DELLE MELE Sauvignon 2019 DOC Collio | VENICA & VENICA

MAGNUM

Bottle size: 1,5 l

SAUVIGNON RONCO DELLE MELE | Large Sizes hand-painted | Venica & Venica

LARGE SIZES

Bottle Sizes: 3 l / 5 l
Exclusive editions
with hand-painted labels,
customizable,
included wooden box