Manincor Schiava Kalterersee Keil 2018
Bright pale ruby. A delicately fruity bouquet reminiscent of cherry and toasted almonds; succulent and quaffable with an elegant, fruity finish and an attractive hint of bitterness.
Delicious with typical South Tyrolean platters of cold cuts and cheese and even fried fish, it also makes a perfect pasta wine.
Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of non-native, international grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot produced. But Trentino's native and most unique red variety, Teroldego, while still rare, is gaining popularity. It produces a deeply colored red wine rich in wild blackberry, herb, coffee and cocoa.
The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) focuses on small-scale viticulture, with great value placed on local varieties—though international varieties have been widely planted since the 1800s. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are at extreme altitude but on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure.
The primary white grapes are Pinot grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon blanc, Müller Thurgau. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot grigio in Italy is made here.
Creating transparent, cranberry colored reds, perfumed with a hint of mint or pepper, the Schiava grape makes its home in the Alto Adige region of NE Italy. The German speakers here call it Vernatsch and it goes by the name of Trollinger in the German region of Württemberg. Schiava enjoys great popularity in Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. Somm Secret—Schiava’s bright raspberry and pomegranate qualities make it a perfectly delightful summer red! Serve it slightly chilled.