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Schiopetto Rivarossa 2016 (Italy)

Schiopetto Rivarossa 2016 (Italy)

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An historic blend for Schiopetto, drawing clear inspiration from the winemaker's time spent in Bordeaux, ‘Rivarossa’ is comprised of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from the red soils of the Cru Oleis in Colli Orientali. Both varieties are handpicked around the 4th week of September, de-stemmed, then fermented separately with a total maceration period of 30 days in large open wooden vats. Ageing follows malolactic fermentation in oak for a period of 14–15 months, primarily tonneaux with a small portion of barrique, all second use. ‘Rivarossa’ rests in bottle for a period of 12 months prior to release.

Wine Specifications

Variety: Merlot

Size: 750mL


ABV: 15%

Vintage: 2016

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Winery & Vintage Info

When in April 2003 Decanter reported the passing of a giant of Italian wine, Mario Schiopetto, they referred to him as “the man responsible for Friuli's fame as a white wine producing area.” Back then, the appreciation and extent of this fame was still confined to a relatively small, discerning and mainly European audience. Mario Schiopetto's focus was to get this little zone in Italy's far north-east recognised for fresh, lively, textured and complex whites. He achieved this firstly through a devotion to the vineyards and wines themselves, and also by being regarded in the same company as the other emerging big hitters of the Italian wine scene. But his major influence on this region in the 1970s was the pioneering of wine preservation techniques in the winemaking process, something lacking in the region: cold and anti-oxidative handling, inspired by the German handling of Riesling, along with the more 'French' technique of elevating their wines in a careful, more oxidative, texture-building manner.
Today, the common thread of the Schiopetto wines is restraint, with definition and layered aromatics, notable textures and a touch of phenolic grip, all underpinned by extensive and vigorous structures, along with the much-prized savoury elements. They are headlined by a powerful rendition of Pinot Grigio, with elements of smokiness, iced pear and mineral, and the gorgeous apricot and musky wildflowers of Ribolla Gialla, but arguably the highlight is their standout white-flowered, nutty Friulano. The reds are deep and juicy, with a classy gloss about them; 'Blumeri' is a bend of the indigenous Refosco with Merlot, while 'Rivarossa' is a Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet. All delicious and extremely food-friendly works of art. Winery Notes

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