True greatness

Le Petit

2016

Wine
Bright yellow shot with green – the beholder is overcome by the presentiment: "That really is a true gem”. Sweet, extremely elegant with unimagined freshness, it fulfils the promise.

Grape variety

Petit Manseng

Winemaking

Given that some of the berries contained very little liquid it took eight hours to extract the juice. Fermentation took place in oak barrels with yeasts occurring naturally on the grapes and proceeded very slowly. After several months the fermentation stopped of its own accord once the alcohol level had reached 8,5 % by volume. The ‘natural’ result is an optimum balance between alcohol, acidity and residual sugar.

Site and soil

Mazzon close to Kaltern, an extensive south-facing mountainside terrace at an altitude of 400 m above sea level, sunny and breezy and ideal for allowing grapes to hang long after the normal harvest period. The soil is a mixture of sand and clay mixed with a diversity of rock, from finely eroded dolomite, porphyry, gneiss and granite to hand-sized stones.

Bottled

4,100 half bottles were filled in June 2018.

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 272 g/l
Alcohol: 8.5 % vol.
Acidity: 11.2 g/l

Vintage

After a difficult start, 2016 eventually developed into a magnificent year of light and sunshine. May and June brought very unsettled weather with frequent thunder storms and some precipitation almost daily. With careful manual vine husbandry and our biodynamic preparations, we coped well with this phase. From the middle of July, at the beginning of the ripening period, the situation improved, with one sunny day after another. In August and September the quality of the light was outstanding. The grapes were able to reach perfect maturity and developed intensive aromas. Such exceptional years are especially beneficial for our hand-crafted wines. The wines in the vintage are characterised by intense fruit and a succulent full palate. For our sweet wine, the conditions were ideal in that wonderful noble rot set in, and at the end of January we harvested Petit Manseng grapes with a perfect sugar concentration.

Description and food recommendations

Scintillating golden straw yellow with accentuated fruit on the nose reminiscent of mango, lychee and dried apricots, complex and deep with elegant hints of honey and botrytis and an excellent interplay between sweetness and acidity on the palate.

Enjoy at optimum maturity from 2018 to the end of 2028. Serve: chilled, at 46 - 50 °F
Delicious savoured with delicate desserts or with cheese at the end of a meal.

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

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