Fiegl Villa Dugo Sauvignon
Italian wines are rich in history and fascinating features, and none more so than those on the borders of the country, where different cultures come together and share their wine styles and heritage. At Fiegl Vineyards, we find a perfect example of this richness and unique tradition. Situated in the Gorizia Hills, which run along the border between Italy and Slovenia, Fiegl is a family winery which has a history which stretches back to the mid 18th century. As such, they know what they do, and they do it very well indeed.
Today, the traditions and practices of the winery are kept alive by the latest generation of winemakers to work at Fiegl - brothers Alessio and Giuseppe, who bring together an academic knowledge of wine with a passion and reverence for grapes in their unique and beautiful produce. They consider the land they work with as ‘challenging’ - the soil is unforgiving, but packed full of mineral features which help to give their wines the characteristics for which they have become famous. The gentle slopes of the hills around the village of Oslavia provide the drainage and exposure to sunshine the grapes need to reach full maturity, while the gentle breezes coming from the glittering Adriatic sea help to cool the vines and extend the ripening period. The result - a beautiful array of red and white grapes, growing and thriving in one of Italy’s most precious regions, and wines which demonstrate just what it is that makes this part of the world so special.
Banjo says: Fiegl is a wine estate rich in history, spanning back over 200 years. They sit in the north eastern corner of Italy, bordering Slovenia. All their wines are fresh, very dry and full of minerals, and this is no exception. Not a fruity Sauvignon, but subtle and elegant, perhaps recalling the wines of Bordeaux. Plenty of gentle lemongrass, rockmelon and herbaceousness, all backed up by that salty, mineral tang. Great drive thanks to refreshing acidity – excellent with all types of seafood.
This grape type
Sauvignon Blanc (or Sav Blanc as Many call it!) Needs no introduction. Well at least in Australia. In our climate, it's popular for a reason.
Fruit flavours: Lime, Passionfruit, Peach, Green Apple, Kiwi
This is a fantastic example of an Italian Sauvignon, which, thanks to the relatively cool climate it is produced in, maintains that crisp minerality that makes this varietal’s wines so delicious. This type of Sauvignon is one of the only wines which pairs particularly well with sushi and sashimi, and this says a lot - you’ll want to pair this wine with fresh, barely cooked or raw shellfish and seafood, to make the most of those mineral qualities and freshness. Alternatively, it goes wonderfully with dishes cooked with quality olive oil; think fried sea bass, or fresh tomatoes and creamy cheeses.
We’ve teamed up with the talented team at Smudge Eats to match all our wines to their delicious recipes, which they’ve compiled from the country’s top and emerging chefs.
Recipe link: Mixed Sashimi Plate
Food matching: Lots of Herbs
Season matching: Spring
Mood matching: Relaxed
Taste matching: Light