Lagrein Riserva DOC Frauenrigl 2015, Kellerei Kurtatsch

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39KH1015
Italy  Alto Adige 

Bold but fresh Lagrein full of subtle Alpine minerality

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.

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.

Features Oaked, Reserve, Carbon Neutral, Single Vineyard, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Last Tasted 29 May 2018
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Lagrein

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.

More Information
Winemaker Kellerei Kurtatsch
Country Italy
Bottle Size 75cl
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Region Alto Adige
Variety Lagrein
Vintage 2015
Last Tasted 29 May 2018
Keeps at least until 2030+
Alcohol 13.5
Ripeness Normal
Case Size 6
Composition Lagrein 100%
Winemaking Unfiltered, Malolactic
Aged In Foudre (big wood)
Key Features Oaked, Reserve, Carbon Neutral, Single Vineyard, Vegetarian and Vegan
Available from Online Exclusive
Bought In (year) 2018
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