Bin #003: Ribolla Gialla 2018
Release date: September 2019
Grower: Puatti Vigneti
Region: Friuli, Italy
Grape: Ribolla Gialla
Story: After two Bin Series reds have already appeared (and very quickly disappeared!), we’re thrilled to introduce a white wine to the range: an Italian exclusive that was too good to miss.
Thought to be of Greek origin by way of Slovenia, the ribolla gialla grape has a long history in Friuli, producing rounded whites with bright fruity acidity and an original herby bouquet that is hard to describe but heavenly when done well. It’s also a grape that, for all its popularity in Venice, has for too long been the bridesmaid to the same region’s (very different) pinot grigio on our shores – one of the reasons we jumped at the chance to feature it as a Bin Series wine.
Puatti is Friuli’s top winery known for this style, and this was crafted especially for us by Andrea Lonardi, who is widely seen as one of Italy’s most gifted and thoughtful young winemakers. A wine of great poise and presence, its peachy and almondy nose follows through to the palate with intense apricots, culminating in a complex finish with lemongrass, chamomile and chalk. As delicious as it is versatile, it can be enjoyed very easily on its own but its weight and texture makes it a great match for all sorts of dishes.
Don’t miss out: like all wines in the Bin Series, this is a limited-edition bottling (sales are limited to 12 bottles per member) and it will sell out.
Grape: Ribolla gialla 100%
Ageing vessel: Stainless-steel tank
Residual Sugar: 2.5g/l
Vineyard altitude: 30 metres
Soil type: Gravel & sandstone
Buyer: Sarah Knowles MW