The majority of vineyards in the Friuli wine region in Italy are located in the southern half of the region. The region is bordered by the Alps, which separates it from Austria. Slovenia borders Friuli on the east. The northern part of the region is very mountainous giving way to plains and flatter terrain as it makes its way to the sea. Friuli enjoys chilly nights, and very warm days that help to maintain the balance in the grapes sugar and acidity levels. This allows for a long and slow grape growing season. During the summer, the average temperature is 73° with harvest taking place in September. The soils in Friuli vary from sand, clay and gravel in the valleys to flysch sandstone and calcium rich marl in the mountainous regions.
White wine dominates the region, although 40% is red with Merlot being the most predominant red wine grape. During the 1960’s, winemakers pioneered white winemaking in Italy making it easier to remove the juice from the grape skins. The majority of Friuli wines is in varietal form and requires wine to be produced using 100% of one grape.
The philosophy of the winemakers in Friuli is to bring out the flavor and acidity of the grapes without masking the fruitiness with oak.
Giorgio Z Pinot Grigio is made from Pinot Grigio.
Straw yellow color with golden tint.
Typical bouquet reminiscent of acacia blossom.
The wine has a very refined taste, it is dry and full bodied with pleasing bitterness.
Soil type is Clay.
Average age of the vines is 15 years old.
100% hand harvested.
Fermentation at 15°C during 15 days.
Aged in stainless steel tank on the fine lees for 6 months.
Slight filtration before bottling
Betz Family La Serenne Syrah is 100% Syrah
La Serenne is the most reflective of the site/vintage dynamic of our three single-site 2012 Syrahs. Lovers of this wine know that its source, the Boushey Vineyard, is the highest altitude of the three vineyards and is typically the latest harvested. This cool site was accentuated by the cooler season and the results reflect the seriousness of this vineyard and its care.
An extraordinary, nearly impenetrable black purple color leads to a concentrated, inky aromatic impression: smoky black cherry and wild blackberry dominate, but a litany of supporting aromas is already emerging: smoke, violet, mushroom, roasted meat, Chinese 5 spice and minerals. It has a full attack on entry and a big, rich mouthfeel that goes on and on.
2012 is our 13th harvest from this site and these rows. We continue to be impressed with the chameleon nature of this vineyard, in cool years and hot, in heat spikes and cool springs: it provides us with surprises and opportunities at every harvest. While the themes of deep black fruits and pliant structure always surface, the nuance of this vineyard and its care (thank you, Dick Boushey) make it some of the most satisfying fruit we work with every harvest.
"The pure, elegant and textured 2014 Syrah la Serenne offers that classic violet and floral characteristics of the cuvee, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, lots of black raspberry fruit, fine, sweet tannin and a great finish. It’s not as powerful or concentrated as the La Cote Rousse, yet it’s a joy to drink and will cruise for a decade or more on its balance and purity. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 93 pts
Riebeek Cellars Shiraz is made from 100% Shiraz.
Cold soaked for one day and then inoculated with selected yeast. Fermentation temperature was between 24 - 26 degree Celsius. Malolactic fermentation was done with French oak chips and American oak staves. This
was then blended with wine matured in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 12 months.
Often referred to as Shiraz Country, the Riebeek Valley is renowned for exceptional Shiraz wines. The Riebeek Shiraz is a lively rich wine, full bodied with a subdued smokiness on the nose and a pallet of ripe fruit and
interesting spice. Well-balanced and smooth, the aftertaste lingers with the exciting flavors of Christmas pudding.
Serve at room temperature. The perfect companion to barbequed lamb, filet medallions and game. Lovely with Springbok stuffed with bacon, garlic and rosemary and a great match to a cheese and preserves platter.