Jermann 2016 Big Guns
Silvio Jermann has a reputation for making some of Italy’s best white wines. It’s a deserved reputation, in my view…What impresses me most about these wines is the purity and depth of flavour coupled with huge mineral extract, all perfectly poised and in balance. JAMIE GOODE, The Wine Anorak
One of the great pioneers of Friuli wine, Silvio Jermann and his family continue to shake things up in the wider world of vino italiano. MONICA LARNER, The Wine Advocate
In the every changing world of Italian wine the list of who is at the top of the tree for any given style is quite fluid however a few stalwarts continue to lead the way in the context of certain styles. One such legendary producer is Jermann who remains at the very top of the tree in Friuli. Silvio and his family remain as dedicated to their craft and the pursuit of excellence as they always have and the results speak clearly of a thoughtful and focused approach to everything they do.
While the staples, their Grigio and Ribolla Gialla, remain reference points for their varieties it is the three top wines that this estates stellar reputation is really based on. Each is unique and uniquely special.
The Dreams Chardonnay is perhaps Italy’s top interpretation of the variety and while it has a certain international flare it is also distinctly Friulian. A wine built around texture and fruit presence with a track record for ageing gracefully.
Tunina is the quintessential Friulian blend that so many winemakers now try to emulate both at home and elsewhere across the globe. A blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit, it’s easy to get caught up in the list of varieties but that really is missing the point. Tunina is more than the sum of its parts and instead is an expression of place and a mastery of craft. Textural, pithy, poised and beguilingly aromatic Tunina is a benchmark in its style, a bar that other producers strive to achieve.
Capo Martino is the flagship of the estate and one of Italy’s most awarded wines in Australia with the 2016 once again claiming the top gong the Gambero Rosso White Wine of the Year. A blend of mostly Tocai Friulano with dollops of Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit it is a heady expression that retains a distinctly poised demeaner for a wine of such richness.
Every year these wines are eagerly awaited by those in the know and wile many are drunk on or near release I suggest a little patience, even an extra year in bottle can go a long way to showing you what they are capable of.