Masut da Rive Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Light gold with green hints. The first nose of tomato leaf, sage and elderberry notes precede nuances of tropical fruit and citrus fruits. On the palate, soft and harmonious, with a pleasant crispness. Light-bodied and racy in the first instance, offering ample fresh tarragon and pink grapefruit zest flavours layered with sequenced melon and stone fruit, peachy notes. We warded it with a DD91. Back then, the 2015 has been awarded with a 90WE as well as a commendation from Robert Parker. We feel the 2016 is slightly better. Vivino tasters rank it 4/5, saying that it is better than all earlier vintages.
Yes, it is still a simple wine; yet the Sauvignon fruit is layered. Weight increased on the second nose, with some richness from the 13% ABV, evident in the proper sense, and resulting in a finish delicate and harmonic, with a pleasant acidity and weight from lees and minerality.
IT is a DOC by the name of Isonzo del Friuli. Making is modern, hence the style. The grapes are whole-cluster pressed and allowed to settle at 10 / 12 °C. An impression of cleanliness, despite 2 to 3 years in bottle. The wine ages on the lees in stainless steel tanks for months.