I Clivi Brazan Vineyard
2015 Brazan Friuliano
£112 per 6 in bond
This dense white is 100% Friuliano, although the label gives no indication of the variety. Mario and his father Ferdinando are passionately focused on vineyard and terroir, and subsequently have bottled their two cru Friulianos under the name of the vineyard. When Mario and Ferdinando went looking for vineyards in the mid-90's, they knew their vision was centred around old vines and impeccable terroir. They found it in the in the Brazzano di Cormons region, along the Slovenian border, and the two vineyards (Galea and Brazan) are each featured in one of the two cru Friulianos.
This is the Brazan vineyard, certified organic since 2007 with vines over 80 years old, the first wine that Mario and Ferdinando ever made. The wine is lightly floral and mineral, with a saline undertone that carries through the wine with a beautiful grapefruit and anise-spice. The Brazan sees 18 months on the lees, which lends the wine a gravitas that will allow for brilliant evolution in the cellar, but is aged in stainless steel, allowing the purity of the fruit to shine through.