The Flower – Classic Wines
The Orange Flower adorns the labels of wines made through the traditional vinification process and symbolises a reflection on the relationship between man and nature.
Orange is a vibrant colour, bursting with energy, and represents the spirit of the Rodaros, with their positive outlook with respect to life and the future. But the flower also hints at a message; in a veiled manner, and in its simplicity, it suggests the importance of respect for the environment, a crucial sentiment for those who work the earth and gather its fruits. Man’s intervention, in fact, should observe a code of ethics for respecting present and future generations…
Further, the era of the instantaneous message appears at the command of the rhythms set by technology. Quick times, ever-faster speeds seem to promise the pathway to happiness. Lives are channelled by strategies and goals to achieve: it is the Age of Immediate Action. The winery of Paolo Rodaro, with its flower, whispers a reflection linked to the value of time. The inner nature of man, in order to grow and mature in tranquillity, needs to respect natural rhythms, just as wine, to mature and evolve adequately, requires time. TO BE rather than TO SEEM. The Rodaro Orange Flower represents the life-force of nature, purity and simplicity. With a fragility that is only apparent, it breaks through asphalt and enables life to conquer. Man, like wine, should remain in harmony with natural cycles, just as simply as a flower. Our flower was drawn by a young girl… and the secret of what was said that day remains in Paolo’s heart.
The Rodaro Orange Flower identifies the wines made through the traditional vinification process: the grapes are quality-selected and picked by hand, the clusters are gently pressed, and the must fermented in steel tanks. These are youthful wines, crisp and fresh, with a marked tanginess that is the gift of the local ponca (flysch) soils, the terroir characteristic of the Colli Orientali del Friuli and a priceless gift to the growing area so celebrated from antiquity forwards. Thanks to vinification in steel, the standard dry white wines showcase the bouquet classic to their grape varieties. Clean and fresh, these wines are unmistakable in the nuances they convey. It is fascinating to taste all of the grape varieties that grow in the same soil; it reveals how different grapes can transmit such diverse sensory experiences. These wines can certainly be enjoyed in successive years as well, since if the wines are cellared well, they acquire complexity and become more intriguing.
The red wines are intense, minerally, and long-lingering. Their processing almost always involves both steel and oak, and they exhibit surprising cellarability. The native-grape sweet wine is a remarkable, fascinating terroir-driven passito from Friuli Venezia Giulia.