FORADORI LEZER TEROLDEGO 2019 1.5L
SUMMER EXPERIMENTAL VIBRANT
LEFT OF CENTRE / ORGANIC / 1500ML
A series of hailstorms and heavy rainfall during the vintage led to the creation of the Teroldego heavy, Lezer. Teroldego is usually a heavy red but due to the weather the team had to react to salvage anything and we're glad they did. The fruit was split up into a series of trial batches with the only control being the wine was left on skins for 24hrs. In the glass, the wine offers pomegranate molasses, berries, concrete texture and a punchy swirling aroma. Delicious.
From the Producer: The idea of creating a light Teroldego to celebrate the summer was something that interested us for some time but it wasn’t until the hail storms of August 2017, which destroyed 40% of our harvest that we decided to have a go. From the small amount of fruit harvested from the damaged vines we were able to piece together a number of vinification tests with short maceration processes to make Lezèr. We undertook various batch tests in amphorae, wood, cement and steel, never leaving the grapes on the skins for more than 24 hours.
This wine was born with the spirit of experimentation and continues to develop in this way. Overseeing the various developments that take place in each vintage, each year we experiment with the addition of full bunches and changing containers, along with tweaking our techniques and timings for short maceration. Depending on the vintage, the grapes
PRANZEGG CAROLINE MANZONI BIANC + SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017
ALTO ADIGE, ITALY
FLAWLESS TUNED FACETED
SKIN CONTACT / SUSTAINABLE / 750ML
20 months in oak has given this magnificent skin contact white time to find its feet. Powdery tannins give way to fresh herbs, spring air and cascara. So much finesse for a notoriously blocky style.
From the Distributor: Caroline is a so-called "gemischter satz" of a vineyard with a co-plantation of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Manzoni Bianco. These grapes are macerated for two weeks, creating a light orange wine. Aged for 20 months in old wood. Spicy and mineral with light blossoms, tarragon, bergamot, and a perfect balance. Flawless.
Weingut Pranzegg is a small 3.5 hectare family estate nestled in the surrounding mountain foothills of the town of Bozen in Südtirol (or more commonly known as Alto Adige), just 50 km south of the Austrian border. The winery has been in the hands of the Gojer family for three generations. Martin took over the estate in 2008 and started the conversion to biodynamic farming straight away. Everything is done by hand here, and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration, and with minimal doses of sulphur. For Martin, the most important thing is to make ‘living wines’ that are able to express a sense of place.
Contrary to the areas largely spread cooperative system (over 90% of all grapes are bottled by cooperatives and associated winemaker structures), Martin and his partner Marion continue to preserve the small-structured farm set-up that always rooted in the philosophy of seeing a farm as a closed and sustainable eco-system. Naturally, Martin and Marion grow varieties most suited and native to the region including Lagrein, Schiava/Vernatsch - but also mixed white field blends including Müller Thurgau, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc as well as Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon and Manzoni Bianco. His vines grow on terraces with a raised pergola system typical of the region.
In the cellar, Martin allows his wines to take their time - often two or even three years on the full lees before bottling. There are no additions other than small amounts of sulphur at bottling. The wines of Pranzegg carry a real finesse with them, often only showing their potential at second glance. For Martin, it is about focus. ‘As a winegrower, it is primarily my intention to narrate the region, the scene, the year and our way of living. Working biodynamically helps us not to blur the narration’