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"Gries" Lagrein Alto Adige DOC Riserva 2019

93

RP

93

JS

Biologico
Da Regalare
Vino premiato
Terlano
Vintage: 2019
Location: Südtirol, Bolzano
Available: 1
1
£ 31.00 £ 25.50 -18%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 34.00/lt.)
cod. 02175

Intriguing Lagrein

What: From the vineyards of Bolzano's Gries district
Why: For its pleasantly fruity and spicy flavour
Perfect with: Roast meat

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.
AWARDED AWARDED

"Gries" Lagrein Alto Adige DOC Riserva 2019

Terlano
Vintage: 2019
Location: Südtirol, Bolzano

93

Robert Parker

93

James Suckling


Available: 1
£ 31.00 £ 25.50 -18%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 34.00/lt.)
cod. 02175

Intriguing Lagrein

What: From the vineyards of Bolzano's Gries district
Why: For its pleasantly fruity and spicy flavour
Perfect with: Roast meat

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.

"Gries" Lagrein Alto Adige DOC Riserva 2019 - Terlano

The alluvial soils that cover the Bolzano district of Gries have always been an ideal location for growing Lagrein. This is attested to by written sources dating as far back as 1379. One fine example is this red wine from the Cantina di Terlano, made from grapes that are harvested by hand and quickly brought to the winery for careful vinification. After alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine is transferred to wooden barrels for the delicate finishing stages. Here it remains for no less than a year, during which it also undergoes what is known as malolactic fermentation. Part of the wine rests in large wooden barrels, and part in barriques, about a third of which are new. Ruby red with garnet highlights and a delicate violet veil, this Gries has a particularly intriguing bouquet, with earthy and mineral notes that combine well with the fruity aromas, especially black cherry, plum jam and bitter chocolate. In the mouth, these fruity and spicy notes recur, resulting in a full, articulate and complex wine.

Founded in 1893, the Cantina di Terlano is one of the most avant-garde wine cooperatives in the whole of Alto Adige. Its 143 current members cultivate 190 hectares of vineyards, producing a total annual output of around one and a half million bottles, divided into two lines, plus a few rarities of great oenological value. In the modern wine cellar, only DOC wines are produced, especially white wines, thanks to the new area created in 2009, where the wines have all the space they need to grow and develop to the full. From an architectural point of view, the Terlan Winery also deserves special mention. On the outside, part of the building has been covered with red porphyry, the typical rock of the area, while the roof of the winery has been greened and covered with vines, thus blending into the surrounding cultivated landscape. The wine archive of the cellar is unique in Italy with its 100,000 bottles from the 1955 vintage to the present day. However, the cellar also holds some ancient treasures: some bottles dating back to the year of its foundation!

Technical Data Sheet

CHARACTERISTICS
  • TypeStill dry red wine DOC
  • Location Südtirol
  • Grapes 100%Lagrein
  • Sensations Colour: Intense ruby-garnet red with a delicate violet veil. Smell: The bouquet of this wine reveals earthy and mineral notes that combine very well with the fruity aromas, especially black cherry, plum jam and bitter chocolate. Taste: On the palate, too, these fruity, spicy and at the same time soft notes create a pleasant contrast, giving this Lagrein Riserva an articulate and complex fullness.
  • Vinification Manual grape harvest and selection. Destemming of the bunches and subsequent slow fermentation at controlled temperature and gentle handling of the must in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months, partly in large wooden barrels (50%) and partly in barriques (50%). One third new barrels are used for ageing in barriques. Blending three months before bottling.
  • Alcoholic strength 13.5% vol
  • Allergens Contains sulphites
TASTING RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Tips Store in a cool place, away from light, bottle lying down. Do not refrigerate. Open at least 15 minutes before serving
  • Serving temperature 18 grades
  • GlassGran Balon / Borgogna
  • When to drink it Ageing wine
  • Pairing Meat menu
VINEYARD
  • Terrain Quartziferous porphyry, of volcanic origin, is the predominant rock formation. The light, lean, sandy and clayey soils result in naturally low yields. The subsoil consists of 55-60% quartz rock with a slightly acidic pH value.
  • Exposure and altitude Southwest
  • Breeding method Guyot and Pergola
  • Planting density 5000
Awarded
  • Robert Parker 93

    “This is a classic expression of Lagrein with all the softness and exuberant fruit weight that you should expect of this grape. The Cantina Terlano 2018 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Gries exhibits an inky dark appearance with purple and blackish hues. To the finish, this vintage offers dustings of earth and spice; however, the core of the wine is packed tight with fruity richness. Lagrein is normally not a very ageworthy grape, but this bottle will likely sail through to the 10year mark. Some 45,000 bottles were made.“ –M.L.

  • James Sucking 93

    Very dense blackberry and forest-berry nose, but somehow it manages to be delicate too, black-tea and licorice notes developing with aeration. Concentrated and plush, the tannins are really fine for this often hard-edged grape variety, gently leading you into the warm and supple crescendo finish. Drink or hold.

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