We’ve just sampled the new set of releases from Manincor, our Italian producer in the Alto Adige. These cool climate vineyards located in the foothills of the Dolomites, approximately 2hrs drive north east of Verona, are perfectly suited to the cultivation of the indigenous Pinot Bianco grape and two more widely planted varieties, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. As expected, a very classy set of wines that lovers of classic old world styles will find hugely rewarding.
2014 ‘Reserve della Contessa ‘
(Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon)
Excellent balance of floral aromatics, light citrus flavours and a soft finish. Entry level, very easy drinking.
(100% Pinot Bianco)
More serious than the Contessa. Fresh, dry and mineral driven. Ripe apple and white blossom flavours. Still quite youthful but the classiness of fruit is very evident. Will need 3-6 months to really hit its straps. Outstanding and delicious.
More Loire Valley than say New Zealand in style. Plenty of restraint and balance. Emphasis on light citrus flavours ,particularly grapefruit. Will develop well over the next few months.
(93% Chardonnay, 4% Viognier, 3% Sauvignon)
The addition of a small amount of Sauvignon this year (from Lieben Aich, their best site) has definitely added greater freshness and lift. More mineral and focused than in previous vintages, the palate is rich yet there’s plenty of elegance.
(100% Pinot Noir)
Our sole red focus from the estate, the ‘Mason’ is a belter this year. Red fruit focus, notably cranberry & raspberry, this vibrant yet velvety wine has the weight of a Volnay and the style reminiscent of a NZ Marlborough. Will need a few months to soften and develop but delicious.
We will be hosting an exciting Manincor tasting dinner in central London in September. Full details will be published on our website shortly but places will be limited to 30. To register your interest please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.