Franz Haas, Pinot Grigio 2018

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Trentino-Alto Adige

  • Area:

    Alto-Adige

  • ABV:

    13.00%

  • Grape:

    Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

  • Grape Blend:

    Pinot Grigio 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Franz Haas

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Franz Haas Pinot Grigio 2018 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This Pinot Grigio is pale straw-yellow in colour, with a fragrant floral bouquet with notes of sage, hay, almonds and sandalwood. After some time in the bottle, notes of honey develop. On the palate, this wine is fresh and medium-bodied with great finesse and elegance.

Production Notes

Fermentation took place in cool temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by small quantities in large oak casks, with no skin contact. The wine was left for four months on its lees to add complexity and give the wine a fuller body. Maturation took place in stainless steel tanks followed by three to four months bottle ageing.

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Producer Profile

The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of Bolzano for generations. However, it is only with Franz, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim in Germany before working as a broker of Italian wines in the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business. Franz Haas goes to tremendous lengths to grow good grapes and then strives to preserve the flavours of the fruit during winemaking. As a result, the wines that he produces are infused with great character and with a purity and balance on the palate. To maintain the aromatic quality of his wines, Franz Haas will bottle his entire production under screwcap from the 2018 vintage onwards. A revolutionary choice, he is one of the first Italian wine producers to do so. His Pinot Nero is one of Italy's best. It is light in colour yet intensely varietal on both the nose and palate, with a lovely tannin structure. Of his whites, the Pinot Grigio is very classy - the real thing - while the 'Lepus' (made solely from Pinot Bianco) is excellent. His flagship wine is the 'Schweizer' Manna, a blend of Riesling, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, Traminer and barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. The aromatic quality of the Riesling and Traminer come through in the glass, but they are given depth and texture by the subtle use of oak on the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It is one of Italy's best white wines.