Francais en Alto Adige?


Manincor, Alto Adige

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Situated in the midst of the hills surrounding the Lake of Caldaro in the far north of Italy, the Manincor estate was founded in 1606 by the colourfully named Hieronymus Manincor zu Ehrenhausen. The ancestors of today’s owner, Count Michael Goëss-Enzenberg, became related to Manincor zu Ehrenhausen in 1662 through marriage, so there is a direct lineage of some 350 years.

Count Michael has owned and run Manincor since 1977, in which time it has become the largest estate winery in the Süd Tirol. A brand new winery opened in 2004, built substantially beneath the vineyards, so as not to disturb the landscape of the area. A multitude of small vineyard parcels is farmed, at 220 – 500 metres above sea level, with a wide variety of soils. Winemaking is as natural as possible, and the slope of the cellar site is utilised to move grapes and must by gravity though the winemaking process.

The wines are produced, poetically described as “Hand – Scooped out from the soil,” “Heart – Cultivated with love,” and “Crown – Developed without compromise”.     This is a very Francophile approach to winemaking with a touch of Italian stubbornness.  I should know, lol!

 Manincor Moscato Giallo 2007- $23.50btl
Manincor’s Moscato Giallo, I know what you’re thinking and no, it is not sweet, is spontaneously fermented using natural yeasts where possible, at low temperatures to retain the Muscat’s aromatic character. It is then matured on the lees in steel and large, old wooden vats. It has a very expressive Loire like Muscat nose, with vivid floral and grapy aromas, a hint of grapefruit zest and a very subtle background spiciness. On the palate this is punchy and crisp, with a light-bodied, dashing fruit quality of citrus and crunchy apple, but those little glimpses of floral and exotic, peachy notes are there. The acidity is clean, tangy, dry and fresh, in a wine that has great structure and substance, despite its easy-drinking charms.  Simply beautiful!

 Manincor Réserve del Conte 2003- $23.50btl
Manincor’s Bordeaux(ish) blend is made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the indigenous Lagrein, a close relative to Syrah, and is matured in used oak barriques for 10 to 12 months. It comes from selected vineyard sites and is harvested quite late, in late September or early October. The nose has a lovely, suffused, mellow character, with warming berry fruits and clove and cinnamon spices. On the palate there’s a smooth textured, medium-bodied appeal, with plenty of red fruits – cherry and raspberry – given some weight and texture by rich, velvety tannins and a certain robustness from the Lagrein. With a long, well-balanced finish, this is very good indeed.

 Mark Lasky / Italian Wine Specialist

West Palm Wines

813.241.8587

mark@westpalmwines.com

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