The delicate partner

Mason

2020

Wine
Its silky texture caresses the palate, the aromas of cherry, blackberry and roses linger. The coveted Pinot Noir creates a timely sensuous mood.

Grape variety

Pinot Noir

Site and soil

Mazzon, which we refer to as “Mason” to differentiate it from the larger site of the same name on the opposite side of the Adige Valley above Neumarkt. Four hectares in this south-facing mountainside terrace are planted with Pinot Noir. It is a superb site at between 400 and 450 metres altitude, sun-drenched with a constant breeze. The latter is important for Pinot Noir given that the compact clusters tend to trap moisture between the berries and make them susceptible to rot. 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.

Vintage

2020 brought us an early harvest with good qualities and nice quantities. The new shoots appeared not very early, but a very warm spring and a balanced summer were optimal for the development of the vines, so that we already started harvesting on 25 August. During the harvest, there were repeated phases of rain, but with our quickness and our meticulous selection work, we were able to bring very good qualities into the cellar. The physiological maturity was almost perfect, sugar maturity and acidity in an ideal range. A very balanced vintage. In the mid of September, we were able to harvest our Pinot Noir at perfect maturity. The yield per hectare was 42 hl.

Winemaking

Each batch of grapes was harvested and crushed separately. Fermentation was spontaneous and took place in open-top oak vats using yeasts occurring naturally on the grapes. Skin contact lasted two weeks and the skins were pushed down into the embryonic wine once a day as they rose to the surface. The young wine was transferred to barriques, only 20 % of which were new, and was left to mature on the fine lees for 16 months. The wine was then blended and only the most impressive barrel contents from the highest-lying parcels planted with the oldest vines were selected to go into the Mason di Mason.

Bottled

17,200 bottles were filled.

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l
Alcohol: 13.5 % vol.
Acidity: malolactic fermentation: 6.1 g/l

Description and food recommendations

The nose evokes ripe red and black fruits: sweet berry and cherry fruits are enveloped in the bright ruby red robe of this wine, following on to a palate full of ripe red cherries and spice, a merest hint of smoke and gentle but pleasant tannins that all mingle to produce a great and satisfying wine.
Enjoy at optimum maturity from 2022 to the end of 2027.
Serve: just below room temperature, at 60 - 64 °F; it will benefit from decanting in its youth and savoured from Burgundy glasses.
Makes an excellent partner for slices of milk-fed lamb, roast salmon with a salt and soy sauce crust, roast duck and morello cherry sauce and mature soft cheese.

Our claim

Biodynamic
Respekt-BIODYN
Vegan

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

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