Estate: Matteo Furlani is the 4th generation of his family to farm the tiny plots of vines, 700+ meters in altitude, in the Dolomites of Trentino, northeastern Italy. The estate was always farmed organically, without any chemicals. Matteo has taken this natural approach further, adopting biodynamic methods.
Philosophy: “Grapes cultivated and vinified with passion, always respecting nature, environment and animals.”
Winemaking: From Selection Naturel, Furlani’s US importer: “Joannita is a very rare grape variety that was bred in 1968 by Johannes Zimmerman at the wine growing institute in Freiburg, Germany. It is a cross between Riesling, Seyve-Villard, Rulander and Gutedel that has proven to be fungus and disease resistant in cold, wet climates such as the high Alps. It can be found rarely, in tiny pockets of Switzerland and Germany. Matteo Furlani planted a small 1 hectare parcel of the variety 4 years ago, this is the first harvest and subsequent wine made from it.” One week seed and skin contact during first fermentation, followed by refermentation in the bottle [ancestral method or pét-nat] with conserved grape must.
Tasting Notes: Pale yellow-green in colour, with aromas of lemon, ginger, wildflowers, hay and Brothers Johnson funk. A fusion of lemon curd, pear, herbs, orange blossom, chalky minerality and a trace of graham cracker wrapped in tight fizz and fresh acidity. Lemon zest, ginger and eucalyptus compliment the bitter, crisp finish. Refreshing, crisp, zippy & engaging.
Bottled by Matteo Furlani