In a nutshell: A stunningly perfumed, waxy white blend from Friuli in north eastern Italy.
The lowdown: This really interesting wine is a blend of 50% Malvasia Istriana, 30% Tocai Friulano and 20% Rhein Riesling, is unoaked and has had 7 months ageing on its lees. The Riesling comes to the fore at first with floral and lime notes, mid-palate the Malvasia and Friulano come forward giving the wine a lovely perfumed, waxy, full-bodied centre. The finish just keeps on going.
When to drink: It'll change and develop different characteristics with age, but is wonderfully fresh now.
This family owned estate, overseen since 1978 by Gianfranco Gallo, is in Friuli in the far northeast of Italy near the Slovenian border.
Production is mainly based in single vineyard wines from their 50 hectares of vines on the stony and glacial soils near the banks of the Isonzo river close to Mariano del Friuli. Premium white wines are their focus, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and malvasia istriana in particular, and whilst vintages are released two years after harvest they all have at least eight to ten years of ageing potential.