- The Wine
We describe the gorgeous Lagrein as the gateway to this magnificent wine. That may be a little unfair as the Lagrein is a splendid wine in itself and is not really a mere stepping-stone to this Riserva.
That said, there is a world of difference between the two. It is the difference about which people ask when discussing the similarities. or otherwise, between wines from the same grapes, made by the same winemaker but with a different label. "What is the difference between Lagrein and Lagrein Riserva?"
The grapes for the Lagrein can come from any of the Kurtatsch vineyards but those for the Riserva come exclusively from the Frauenrigl, between 280 and 350 metres, where the grapes reach full ripeness before harvesting. The soil here is mainly red clay which adds spiciness to the wine. The ripeness of the grapes give aromas and flavours of elderberries, black cherry and cocoa beans. Then the wine is matured in oak barriques which adds balsamic tannins. It is then aged in large wooden barrels which helps to balance the flavours with the tannins and acidity. The result is a very concentrated wine with some earthiness and a tremendous long and fruity finish.
- Vintage Information
Product code 39KH10 Bottle Size 0.75 Winemaker Kellerei Kurtatsch Style Red, Single Variety, Dry, Still Variety Lagrein Key Features Unoaked, Reserve, Vegetarian and Vegan Winemaking Carbon Neutral, Malolactic Country Italy Region(s) Alto Adige Ripeness Normal Closure Natural Cork Aged In Foudre (big wood) Vintage NV Vintages NV Last Tasted 29 May 2018 name: Lagrein Riserva DOC Frauenrigl vintage: 2015 size: 0.75 product code: [39KH1015] stock: 103 in London Warehouse
7 at Alpine Wines House
alcohol: 13.5 last checked in: 2018-05-29