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Larcherhof Lagrein Südtirol Alto Adige 2012

Inviting and interesting, with a food friendly blend of tart fruit, earthy spices and grippy tannins.

Estate: The Larcherhof vineyard is located in the St. Magdalena region at the base of the Dolomite Mountains in Alto Adige, northern Italy. The St. Magdalena church along with the majestic Dolomites in the background has become the quintessential photograph for visitors to the area. The vineyard has belonged to the Egger-Spögler family since 1893, although the 5 hectare vineyard has been cultivated for many centuries. Hailed as a “library of native varietals”, the family are custodians to several rare clones of Schiava. Whilst specializing in growing native grapes, Lagrein is the predominant grape in Larcherhof, and a couple of international varieties such as Merlot and Pinot Gris have managed to be included in the vineyard.

Winemaking: The average vine age is 70 years, although many vines are considerably older. “Cultivated close to nature”, the vineyard is farmed using sustainable methods and the grapes are cared for and harvested by hand.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of wild berries and a bit of funky earth. A bright beam of tart red currant and blackberry flavours carried along by smooth leather notes and firm tannins in the medium body, whilst crushed black peppercorn, hints of warm clove and traces of menthol comprise the engaging finish.

100% Lagrein
Südtirol Alto Adige
Bottled by Hildegard Egger-Spögler
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2016

Image of St. Magdalena courtesy of National Geographic


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