This is one of the grapes that most represents Rosazzo. This is an especially full-bodied white, with low acidity that renders it smooth and soft. It has a delicate hint of bitter almonds and a deep mineral tone.
Friulano, the most popular and widely planted white grape variety in Friuli, is a late-budding variety usually used to produce wines of the region. Officially called Sauvignonasse, this lean, dry herbal white is often mistaken for Sauvignon Blanc. Friulano wines can gain body and complexity when grapes are harvested later in the growing season, with care to restrict yields. Extended lees contact can also improve character.
Ronco delle Betulle nestles in the hilly eastern part of Friuli in a sub zone called Rosazzo, an estate of approximately 17 hectares, of which 10 are under vine. The hills of Rosazzo benefit from a special microclimate set by several geographical factors: its closeness to the sea, its altitude and the presence of elevated parts. The nearby sea (which is approximately 30 km away) and the vicinity of the hills of Salta Caterina mitigate the climate; it is more breezy,more sunny and less rainy here than in surrounding areas.
The vines are planted 70 quintals per hectare using a double-arched cane trellising system. The harvest is strictly manual. Ronco delle Betulle benefits from mixed soil made of marl, calcareous clay, sandstone and calcified sand. This soil, referred to as “Ponca”, originated approximately 50 million years ago. It is rich in mineral salts and other nutrients that yield high quality grapes, and hence fine wines.
Hand-harvested and destemmed, then cooled and macerated in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for several days. Grapes are pressed and fermented at 20°C. Aged on the lees for 5-6 months to add texture. No sterile filtration takes place.