Borgo del Tiglio

This is the other great estate in the region! Nicola Manferrari makes beautifully pure, chiselled wines and over the last 30 years Borgo Del Tiglio has become a benchmark in Friulano winemaking culture. He is revered for his ability to bring out textural complexity in Friulian varietals. A pharmacist in his early professional life, he came to winemaking by accident after his father’s unexpected death in 1981. Disheartened by the trend at the time to pick Friulano early in order to maintain acidity (before it had fully ripened), he dreamt of a different kind of wine, one that could age well, so decided to add Riesling and Sauvignon to Friulano to give acidity and aromatics – ‘Studio di Bianco’ was born. His style is simple and non-invasive and seeks to express the terroir and purity of fruit with minimal manipulation. Each parcel of vines is fermented separately to maximise the influence of terroir. Preferring to ferment and mature his wines in oak to give texture and depth, he is careful not to let it overpower the wines. After minimal time in stainless steel (just 3-4 days!) the wines are transferred to barrels where they spend at least 9 months, then after bottling, they stay put for a further 6 months before they’re released. These are some of the most age-worthy wines that you will find, not just in Italy, but worldwide, and Borgo del Tiglio deserves its reputation as one of the world’s greatest estates.

Website: www.borgodeltiglio.it

Wines

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  • A selection of the best barrels, the Selezione has ripe, yet delicate tropical aromas, with a hint of butter, white flowers, caramel and a developing nuttiness. Succulent acidity and defined minerality mid-end palate keeps the rich fruit reigned in. Bold yet precise flavours and still very fresh.

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  • The estate’s flagship red (old vine Merlot) is fermented and macerated for a long time in open oak vats. It then spends two years in new barrels, and after bottling spends at least 18 months in bottle before being released. Generous, jammy fruit exudes from this ethereal, medium bodied wine. Layers of grilled herbs, smoked paprika and minerality are wrapped up with melting, fine, sweet tannins. It is vibrant yet graceful and will age for many years to come.

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    Layered in the glass, with aromas of peach, ripe pear and white flowers. The complexity and intrigue keeps coming as it opens in the glass. Tropical notes continue on the palate, which has nice weight but is well controlled. Beautifully crafted and a textbook example of how good Friulano can be. Pairs well with a variety of different foods, even bitter ones (chicory, radicchio).

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    This was so impressive that we reserved as much as we could. Sadly only 120 bottles remained, so be quick to get hold of this. Such lightness of touch with notes of mandarin, white peach and the tiniest hint of creamy oak, all with crisp acidity and incredible tension. Stunning.

  • The estate did not bottle any Malvasia Italo & Bruno (Selezione) in 2017, and instead assembed it all into the into the white label Malvasia. This so this wine is absolutely great price.

  • The estate did not bottle any Malvasia Italo & Bruno (Selezione) in 2017, and instead assembed it all into the into the white label Malvasia. This so this wine is absolutely great price.

  • Delicate attack - sweet citrus fruit, peaches, slate with invigorating acidity. This has distinct saline notes that you often find in Sauvignon from here. The delicacy is enhanced by vinification in wood and means it works well with delicate seafood and meats (protecting the flavours rather than attacking them with aggressive aromatics).

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    This is 40% Friuliano, 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Riesling. This is a sensational, intricate wine, with a pronounced, herbaceous nose and notes of mandarin, mint and white flowers. It’s all about the texture. It has a beautiful, weighty, silky mouthfeel. The minerality kicks in on the mid palate and there’s a hint of blackcurrant leaf on the endless finish. Precise, multi-layered and a very poised example. Will get even better with some bottle age.