It has a pale straw yellow colour, with delicate, elegant and persistent aromas of rose, jasmine and elderberry, pome fruit, stone fruit and passion fruit, aromatic herbs; the taste is pleasantly fresh, fragrant, full and harmonious, with a soft, savoury and long at the end.
A special mention deserves the church of San Giorgio which, from the top of the homonymous hill, offers a wonderful view that sweeps from the sea to the Karst region and from the plain to the eastern Alps.
On the label you can see a painting of St. George facing the dragon.
It should be noted that both St. George and the dragon are dress the same way to symbolize the duplicity of human nature. In the dragon’s mouth there is a red sphere that evokes the sun, the earth, life, hence the choice of the English term Sun instead of Saint (San, in Italian).
The conflict between the saint and the demon symbolizes the union of opposites: life and death, god and evil.
Inside the church there is a valuable polychrome wooden triptych on a golden background dating back to 1563, spread over two floors with three niches each: in a central position, St. George and the dragon are depicted.
The legend of the fight between the saint and the dragon represents the battle between Christianity and paganism. In Christian iconography, the dragon embodies idolatry.
Legend has it that in the ancient Libyan city of Salena, now Salem, a dragon lived hidden in a pond and killed both men and animals it met with its breath. The inhabitants of the city, in order to appease his anger, offered him two sheep every day and, when there were few of them left, they were forced to give him only one sheep along with a young person drawn by lot. One day the king’s daughter was drawn for the sacrifice and the king, terrified by the thought of
losing her, promised to surrender his kingdom to anyone willing to save her life. None stepped forward as many had already lost their loved ones. However, the king, while accompanying the princess to the pond, met the young George on horseback, who agreed to help the girl. While fighting with the dragon, George invoked the Lord, protected himself with the cross and wounded him in the abdomen, then asked the princess to tie the dragon around his neck with his belt. The monster, now tame, was led into the city. The inhabitants, frightened at his sight, were reassured by George who promised to kill him, but only after the king and all people’s conversion. When this happened, the dragon was slain and his body dragged out of the city by four pairs of oxen.
Pairing Suggestions: Excellent as an aperitif, it goes perfectly with meat and seafood: local hams, vegetable-based soups, pasta and risotto, fish, molluscs and crustaceans from the Adriatic Sea, white meats, soft cheeses, young Montasio.
Maturation: 5 months in steel tanks.