Estate: The Loacker Tenute Schwarhof estate is located in the St. Magdalena region at the base of the Dolomite Mountains in Alto Adige, northern Italy. Founded by Rainer Loacker in 1979, winemaking has been documented on the estate as far back as 1334. Loacker strived to make a “mark in life through hard work and endurance aimed at creating a source of happiness, satisfaction, a fondness for good company and tranquility in a glass of wine”. The estate consists of 11 hectares with 7 hectares of vineyards located on steep hillsides overlooking the Bolzano valley basin. The estate does not use chemicals of any type in the vineyard or during the winemaking processes. As they have learned that red wines need very low sulphur, it is added only in extremely small amounts.
Philosophy: A holistic approach that embraces “all aspects of the vine’s health and physiological development”. They strive to craft wines that express “the unique, intrinsic character, even sprit, of each individual grape variety. The resulting wines stimulate the senses, warm the heart and evoke a feeling of well-being”
Tasting Notes: Brick garnet in colour with aromas of wildflowers and earth. Delicate strawberry, raspberry and floral notes were supported with an earthy stability, whilst white peppercorn and minerals comprised the clean finish. [The rich fatty cheeses brought out bright fruit flavours and a gorgeous palate cleansing acidity.]
Blend of mostly Schiava with Lagrein [10% or less] that varies each vintage
Bottled by Loacker Tenute
$12 [average price]