Country: Italy Region: Trentino-Alto Adige Vintage: 2015
Category: White Wine Color: White
Producer: Franz Haas
"The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of Bolzano for generations. However, it is only with Franz, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim in Germany before working as a broker of Italian wines in the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business.
Franz Haas goes to tremendous lengths to grow good grapes and then strives to preserve the flavours of the fruit during winemaking. As a result, the wines that he produces are infused with great character and show a rare purity and balance on the palate.
His Pinot Nero is one of Italy's best. It is light in colour yet intensely varietal on both the nose and palate, with a lovely tannin structure. Of his whites, the Pinot Grigio is very classy - the real thing - while the 'Lepus' (made solely from Pinot Bianco) is excellent. His flagship wine is 'Manna', a blend of 50% Riesling, 20% Traminer, 20% barrel fermented Chardonnay and 10% barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc. The aromatic quality of the Riesling and Traminer come through in the glass, but they are given depth and texture by the subtle use of oak on the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It is one of Italy's best white wines."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Franz Haas
The climate is Mediterranean rather than continental. The summers are very hot and the winters quite cold, as the weather is not moderated by any nearby water. In the summer, Bolzano is one of the hottest cities in Italy, despite being only 70 kilometres from the Austrian border, as the heat is trapped in the mountainous valley. Gewurztraminer grows on the hills of Montagna, Gleno, Pinzano, and Mazzon. The vineyards are south and south west facing at an altitude of 350-650 metres above sea level. The Gewürztraminer vines are all cultivated with the Guyot method.
After a brief period of steeping on the grape skins, the must is fermented at low temperatures in steel vats. Subsequently the wine matures on its yeast with frequent battonage (by keeping the yeast in suspension) for about six months before bottling.
An intense golden colour with a deep bouquet of complex fragrances such as lychees and orange peel, cloves, nutmeg and roses. Good structure and freshness make a vibrant wine with a lingering aftertaste of subtle bitter almonds.
Food Suggestion: Great with the richly flavoured pâtés or terrines from the Gewürztraminer's roots in Alsace.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:14% Acidity [g/l]: 5.2