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Taste Test: La Roncaia Eclisse Sauvignon BlancPicolit 2011 (Friuli-Venezia, Italy)

Published:  02 December, 2013

I nearly had a Slovenian wine last night....

Unlike some I'm all about surprises. Nothing is worse than monotony. A wine surprise is definitely up there with the best and I would have had one last night if this wine had been grown 6 miles further away. If it had been, I would have been sampling my first Slovenian Sauvignon Blanc. As it is however the wine remains Italian. Just...

I must admit I'm not overly familiar with Picolit though recall that on the rare occasions I've come across it before it was also hiding behind Sauvignon. I'm not altogether sure I can detect any impact of it in this wine. It's certainly an interesting wine though where a slightly waxy texture gives way to aromatic peach notes. It's quite long on the palate too and I must admit did impress me an awful lot more than I'd expected it to. I find far too many Italian whites instantly forgettable but this is not one of them.

In a World awash with Sauvignon Blanc by numbers this is something a little different. Plus you can regale people with how the wine is nearly Slovenian. What more could you want?...

Available for the very precise price of £18.68 from on-trade specialists MatthewClark.co.uk. I've struggled to find any retailers stocking it in the UK but would be interested to hear if any do.

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