The red estate wine

Réserve del Conte

2017

Wine
A wine which tastes of Manincor; truly unique. The essence of the hills around the wine estate and the lake, full of vigour and warmth.

Grape varieties

Lagrein 35 %, Merlot 40 %, Cabernet 25 %

Winemaking

Grapes from each parcel of vineyard were crushed separately and fermented in a mixture of oak and cement vats and stainless steel tanks using yeasts occurring naturally in the vineyard. Skin contact lasted ten days and was rigorously controlled, during which time the cap of skins was pushed down into the fermenting liquid daily as it rose to the surface in order to extract velvety, assertive but ripe tannins. Fresh fruit and elegance are the main qualities we strive for in this wine. The young wine was transferred into oak barrels of varying sizes where it matured for twelve months.

Site and soil

The Manincor estate and the “Panholzerhof”, both sites are south-east facing overlooking the Lake of Kaltern at an altitude of 250 m above sea level; soils are rich comprising sand and clay mixed with limestone gravel and other morainal deposits. These vineyards are among the warmest in all South Tyrol, pre-destined for the production of great red wines.

Bottled

82,000 bottles were filled in March 2019.

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 1.8 g/l
Alcohol: 13.5 % Vol.
Acidity: malolactic fermentation; 5.6 g/l

Vintage

The volume of grapes harvested in 2017 was very small. A cold and dry winter, frost in spring, a hot and dry summer, and hail at the end of August combined to reduce the harvest by one quarter. But the weather during the harvest was ideal, and we were able to bring in perfectly healthy and nicely mature grapes. The 2017 wines are firm on the palate, slightly low on alcohol and combine ample minerality with juicy length. From mid-September to mid-October we were able to harvest our Merlot, Lagrein and Cabernet Franc one after the other with perfect timing. The yield was less than 40 hl per hectare.

Description and food recommendations

Concentrated bright ruby. A rich, seductive berry fruit and spice nose leads to a remarkably succulent, well-structured palate of white and black pepper, dark chocolate, liquorice and damson with silky-textured tannins. Almost Burgundian in its drinkability.

Enjoy at optimum maturity from 2019 to the end of 2024.

Serve: just below room temperature, 60 - 64 °F
Delicious to accompany well-seasoned Mediterranean first courses, peppered lamb steaks and other dishes of fried or grilled red meat.

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

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