- 100% Chardonnay
Nicola Manferrari’s life-long project is to craft wines that express the unique terroir of the Collio. The hills of Collio in Friuli, along the Italian-Slovenian border, face directly onto the Adriatic. Meticulous and painstaking care both in the vineyard and during the vinification process results in age-worthy wines of great finesse and complexity, with an almost Burgundian restraint and with an incredible ageing potential.
Nicola was originally trained in pharmacology, though that was a decision bred from family tradition more than from passion. In 1981, Nicola’s father died, and he was put in charge of his father’s ‘hobby’ – 5 hectares of land, 3 of which were planted with vines. It was there that he found his calling. He felt his way through winemaking by following his instincts, only to find many of the techniques he ‘invented’ in Friuli were in fact quite common in other parts of Europe (he was the first in Friuli to use bilateral Guyot pruning, only to find the method common practice in the Loire). He then taught himself French so he could read volumes like ‘Phisiologie de la Vigne’ by F. Champagnol. This combined with his training in chemistry and biology allowed him to listen to his palate and let that dictate how to get the wines where he wanted them to go.
Borgo del Tiglio produces mainly white wines. The wine making process adopted aims to obtain wine with delicate properties, complex and balanced, with the tendency to mature over time, but which maintain the characteristics conferred by the Terroir.
The Chardonnay can outclass (as it often has in many blind tastings) many pricier Burgundy withes.
"The 2011 Chardonnay is absolutely brilliant. Here the aromas and flavors are bold yet precise, all in an interplay of sensations that is remarkable. Although quite varietal, the 2011 Chardonnay is mostly defined by its inherent Collio lineage and personality. Crushed rocks, white stone fruits, slate and flowers inform the chiseled, pointed finish. This is a gorgeous wine from Borgo del Tiglio" -Antonio Galloni (December 2013)