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Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2006

April 24, 2007

img_2715.jpgThe Italian region of Alto Adige is an interesting patchwork of different DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) zones around Bolzano and Merano. A total of 18 different grape varieties is grown in the region among which Schiava (Vernatsch), Pinot Noir and Lagrein are the most important reds. Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay are the more significant white varieties although Sauvignon Blanc, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau and Gewürtztraminer all leave their marks. In general two important developments had – and still have – a major impact on the region. Increased plantings of popular international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay slowly push indigenous varieties into a more modest role. Besides this growers emphasize the optimal match between location and varietal, leading to an increase in the overall quality. The Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio is a classic example of this matching. Its grapes are sourced from vineyards in Cortaccia (Kurtatsch), Magrè (Magreid) and Cortina all’Adige (Kurtinig), subzones known for good Pinot Grigio. This light yellow wine has the typical intense nose of pear. Extended lees ageing gives softness and roundness to the palate and although I’m honest in that the variety normally doesn’t really excite me, its fresh noticable acid and quite phenolic finish give impeccable balance, plenty of character and are hard to dislike. 87 points.

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $26 Drink: Now