Livio Felluga Vertigo IGT Rosso delle Venezie 2016

Expressive yet subdued and demure, broody richness underneath a soft spoken sophistication.

Vibrant ruby red colour tending towards garnet with still a hint of candy apple red reflections.

Subtle but complex on the nose with fruity aromas of cranberry and other forest fruits, fresh fig and cherry, followed by some spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with hints of tabacco leaves and elderberry.

On the palate, a light body with medium acidity, a bit of soft minerality and velvety tannins. Well balanced with a dry finish and returning notes of tabacco.

Clearly a well made wine showing typical Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics. Perhaps playing too much by the rules for my tastes.

81 points

Food pairings:

This red blend has a lighter structure than most and a soft flavour profile, nonetheless it is rich in alcohol and smooth tannins making it an ideal pairing for meat dishes. Some examples: Medium-aged Parmesan with honey, Pork and summer squash, Bean and Ham soup

This is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot being dominant and representative of wines produced in this region and Cabernet Sauvignon being an appeaser of international tastes. The grapes are hand picked and fermented at a controlled temperature in steel. The wine is aged for 12 months in a combination of steel and French oak barrels with a minimum of 4 months in the bottle. It’s a decent wine, but this producer has much more interesting ones like the famous “Terre Alte”, a blend of Tocai Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as “Sossó”, a blend of Refosco dal Penducolo, Merlot and Pignolo.

The winery is located in the hills of Collio del Friuli in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. It has been a family tradition for over 5 generations, witnessing two world wars and changing geo-political conditions. After returning from World War II, Livio Felluga found life difficult. As was the case in many Italian villages, people had moved to nearby towns where new factories were being built, abandoning the land and its crops. Felluga strived to restore his old vineyards and planted new ones. He implemented innovative techniques believing that only high quality viticulture could revive the area. Today he is considered the patriarch of viticulture in the region.

We seldom look at maps as anything other than their practical functionality, but their true beauty lies beyond. Maps give us a sense of belonging, a sense of orientation, a sense of connection to places we have never been before, but above all they tell a story of a place’s characteristics and idiosyncrasies which have set the backdrop for the development of human civilisation. Livio Felluga had the insight of finding the affinity between maps and wine with the design of the map label. What better way is there to connect wine with its territory than putting a map in the limelight as he has done. J.W. Thrower states that maps are “…an excellent mirror of culture and civilisation.” and Felluga believed it is the same with wine, comparing a mapmaker to a winemaker. The beauty of drinking wine lies also in its ability to connect us to the world. We engage in different languages, different regions, different flavours and aromas, all contained within the glass we drink. The more we know about wine, the more we discover about the world, its history and its geography. Wine allows us to travel and Felluga embraces it.

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