Alois Lageder Chardonnay 2019
Brilliant, clear, straw-yellow in color with a green hint. Delicate aromas, pronounced bouquet, fresh, fruity (peach, melone, citrus), floral, mineral. Medium bodied, well-balanced, fruity, juicy, dry.
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Ripe-apple, white-peach and flint aromas follow through to a full body with layers of fruit and tension. Mineral and hay undertones with some honey blossom, too. Flavorful at the end with almost smoky character. Drink now or hold.
It’s amazing to think that the 2019 Chardonnay from Alois Lageder is their “entry-level” expression of the variety. Masses of white smoke minerals, wet stone, dusty florals and a spritz of lime define the dramatic bouquet. It’s vibrant and spicy, full of salty tension and verve yet still silky and soothing throughout. The balance here is simply stunning, mixing textural, ripe tropical fruits with zesty acids, leaving a wonderfully pure presence on the palate. Drinking window: 2020 - 2024
The Alois Lageder winery was established in 1823 and today it is managed by the family’s fifth and sixth generation. The winery is located in Magrè, in the southern part of the Alto Adige region. With a holistic approach, creativity and an experimental spirit Alois Lageder produces wines that reflect the diversity of Alto Adige. We are committed to biodynamic wine production and continually expand our knowledge in this area. In addition to the family owned vineyards (135 acres / 55 hectares) the winery collaborates with around 80 grape growers (247 acres / 100 hectares).
Alois Lageder believes that organic and biodynamic cultivation greatly enriches the landscape. One of the goals of biodynamics is to build a closed farm organism and to increase diversity and fertility. The winery collaborates with mountain farmers who bring their cows and sheep in the winery’s vineyards during the autumn and winter months, following the old tradition of transhumance. This helps to increase the vitality of the grapes and the biodiversity.
A few years ago, Alois Lageder started to cooperate with some local winegrowers from the wider Dolomiti area, which is why Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco have the Dolomiti appellation. Today, this collaboration and organic farming are met with enormous interest allowing us to expand this project giving the wines their own name: Terra Alpina. The Terra Alpina wines are characterized by a unique interplay of harsh Alpine and sunny Mediterranean influences.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.