Jermann Vintage Tunina 2014

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 It was innovators such as Silvio Jermann who set the way for complex yet balanced Italian white wine. In 1975, by combining the then often “green” international grape varieties of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc with the less sour local friulano and ribolla gialla, as well as harvesting later at a time when picking early was rife, Jermann was able to create one of the first commercial Italian white blends, Vintage Tunina.
“I originally conceived the idea when I was still at school,” he recalls. “In fact, the tradition is Austrian-Hungarian (Friuli shares a border with Austria), whereby the peasants would bottle a house wine from many different vines. I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps but at the same time make a wine of body and structure that could still stand the test of time.”
This is crazy on the nose with dried lemons, volcanic salt, soy sauce and lycee. Full-bodied, dense and beautiful. A fabulous white showing the class and depth that it has oozed for decades. Truly one of Italy's best whites yet always subtle and complex. JAMES SUCKLING