Raised in its native vineyards

Lagrein Rubatsch

2018

Wine
Colour and aroma which tell of blue woodland berries, velvetiness and length which causes us to forget time. Made from the native Lagrein grape.

Grape variety

Lagrein

Winemaking

The fermentation with the skins took place in opentop oak vats started by yeasts naturally occurring on the grapes. Over two weeks the skins were pushed down into the fermenting wine daily as they rose to the surface, enabling us to gently extract colour and tannins. The young wine matured for sixteen months in barriques, of which one in five was new, during which time it developed mellowness and harmony.

Site and soil

Two-thirds of the total come from the “Rubatsch” site at Terlan and one third of the grapes are grown in the “Seehof” site at Kaltern. Rubatsch is a south-west facing site at an altitude of 250 m above sea level where the soils consist of sand mixed with eroded porphyry rock, while the Seehof site overlooking the Lake of Kaltern is likewise situated at an altitude of 250 m with soils comprising sand and clay mixed with limestone gravel. Rubatsch yields wines of subtlety and elegance, while the body and structure derives from the Seehof soils.

Bottled

11,510 bottles were filled in March 2020.

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l
Alcohol: 13 % vol.
Acidity: malolactic fermentation: 6.4 g/l

Vintage

2018 was a far from easy year. Some of our best sites were affected by hail. We invested a great deal of time in selection during the harvest in order to obtain perfect grapes. Fortunately the weather in autumn was very good, so that we were able to bring in the´harvest in our own good time. Manual harvesting took three times longer than usual. In the end it can be said that the 2018 wines are of very high quality. In the middle of October we harvested healthy, thickskinned Lagrein grapes at ideal maturity for a yield of 28 hl per hectare.

Description and food recommendations

Opaque purple in colour. An aroma of dark woodland berry fruits with ripe plum, elderflower syrup and liquorice provide an indication of the complexity this wine will attain with maturity. On the palate it is muscular, velvety and concentrated with assertive but ripe tannins.

Enjoy it at optimum maturity from 2020 to the end of 2025.

Serve: just below room temperature, 60 - 64 °C; in its youth it will benefit from decanting; serve in large Bordeaux glasses. It is an excellent match for braised and quickly-fried meats, especially game and venison dishes and cheese.

Distributor: Manincor, San Giuseppe al Lago 4, 39052 Caldaro/Italy

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