DOC Südtirol, Nicolussi-Leck, 2018
The Lagrein «Sepp» thrives at 350 m above sea level below the Leuchtenburg ruins, on warm alluvial soil and porphyry bedrock. This u nique location, with its deep soil, makes it possible to produce a complex Lagrein with good storability. The bouquet of this Lagrein is typical of the variety, with aromas of wild cherry, blackberries, somewhat tart sloes, Mediterranean herbs, bay leaves and Damask rose petals. On the palate, the dark-fruited and spicy Lagrein is elegant and fresh. Dark heart cherries are accompanied by black pepper and noble roasted aromas.
|Origin:||Italien / Südtirol / Alto Adige|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 5 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Spiced grillades, Rabbit ragout with olives, Wild specialities, Cheese board, Pizza or Flammkuchen, Vegetable flan, quiche|
|Vinification:||fully destemmed, fermentation in steel tank|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection, in small boxes|
|Maturation:||in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces|
Italy – Where wine is a way of life
The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.
Alto Adige: Alpenweine mit südlichem Charme
Am Alpenübergang gelegen verfügt das Südtirol über eine grosse Palette an Mirkroklimata und Bodentypen. Dies macht es möglich, dass hier über 20 verschiedene Sorten optimale Bedingungen vorfinden. Vernatsch, Lagrein und Gewürztraminer gelten als alteingesessene Südtiroler Gewächse, doch auch die Familie der Burgundergewächse finden hier ideale Bedingungen vor. In wichtigen Weinführern wie etwa dem «Gambero Rosso» erhält das Südtirol regelmässig die meisten Höchstbewertungen («Tre Bicchieri») im Verhältnis zur Rebfläche in ganz Italien.
The Kreithof, as the ancestral estate is known, is located near the idyllic Lake Caldaro in South Tyrol (Alto Adige) and has been cultivated by the Nicolussi-Leck family since 1915. Standing guard over it are the medieval ruins of Leuchtenburg Castle, which – like the estate – dates back to the 13th century and was presumably also associated with nearby Laimburg Castle in the Etsch Valley.
Today, the winery is run by Jakob Nicolussi and his wife Stephanie with his parents’ support. Around 5 hectares lie between the lake and Leuchtenburg. There are east, south and west-facing slopes at about 350 metres above sea level, some with a gradient of up to 40% and warm, loamy soils and the porphyry rock of Mitterberg mountain. Each vineyard or plot of land has its own unique microclimate and soil composition that distinguish it from the others. This diversity was used to select the ideal location for each grape variety.
With South Tyrolean cheese and dumplings
South Tyrol and the neighbouring Trentino are the home of the red Lagrein. It has been grown there since the 16th century. “White Lagrein”, however, appears in a document from 200 years earlier. Researchers still speculate today as to what variety this is. More is known of the origin of the name: the Lagrein was probably named after the Lagarino valley in Trentino. The grape variety is comfortable in warm locations, where it develops a deep colour and intense aromas of wild berries, cherry and violets. On the palate, the wines show themselves with soft acidity and velvety tannins. The spicy notes of barrique development are good for them. If you are looking for a companion for original South Tyrolean speck and cheese dumplings, definitely choose Lagrein. It is also pairs excellently with mature cheese or game.