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Maeli Bianco Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG 2015

Estate: The Maeli estate is located on Monte Pirio, inside the National Park of the Euganean Hills, in the heart of Veneto. The name Maeli comes from the distinct soil of the rolling, volcanic Euganean Hills; ma from marl, e [and] li from limestone. The estate’s triangular emblem is in reference to the volcanic hills.

Sommelier Elisa Dilavanzo purchased the estate in 2011 with a goal of saving the native vines and bringing the rare Moscato Giallo grape to the spotlight. She enlisted brothers Gianluca and Desiderio Bisol, of Valdobbiadene Prosecco fame to assist in carrying out her vision. Passionate and dedicated, she is a pioneering force in the region, already recognized as a leader in high quality wines.

The estate is farmed organically, the rich biodiversity of fruit and olive trees surrounding he vineyards “make up the natural context in which Maeli expresses itself through its wines”.

For a detailed look at the vineyard, wines and Elisa’s devotion to the grape and land, check out the comprehensive [with great pics], BENDING MOSCATO GIALLO IN COLLI EUGANEI Fresh Thinking Among Veneto’s Hidden Volcanic Wines by Kevin Day over at Opening a Bottle.

Winemaking: Vines are 7-15 years in age in trachyte-laden [volcanic porphyry] clay and white chalk soil at 180 meters (590 feet) above sea level. Cold maceration on the skins, from a few hours up to 3 days. Fermented with indigenous yeasts at 16°C for about 18 days. Aged in steel tanks for 12 months, followed by 6 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour, deeply aromatic, with lemon, peach, tomato leaf, mint and wild marigold. Creamy lemon, apricot, chalky minerality, orange blossom and lemongrass are glossed by racy acidity. Peach, wild marigold and candied lemon peel linger on the lush finish. A vibrant fusion of juicy fruit and savoury, floral elements.

100% Moscato Giallo
Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG
Produced by Pirio Società Agricola S.S.
12.5% Alcohol

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