2019 Franz Haas Pinot Nero


Region: Alto Adige, Italy

Viticulture: Conventional

Winemaker : Franz Haas

Established Date: 1880

Franz Haas has always been recognised as a great enthusiast and lover of the most difficult, most sensitive but also the most satisfying grape Varietal, Pinot Nero. (what Italians called Pinot Noir) From vineyards at Mazzon in Egna and Pinzano and Gleno in Montagna, these single vineyards are at different elevations ranging from 350-700 metres, planted to a density of 8000-12,500 per hectare on a range of soil types (clay, sand, limestone and gravel). The wine is aged in a combination of new and old barriques for one year. Deep ruby red with raspberry and marasca cherry fruit, the palate is fruity and delicate with soft tannins and a long fine finish.


Sommelier’s Recommendation

Italy’s best Pinot Noir!  Italian’s call Pinot Noir, Pinot Nero and up in Alto Adige they take this grape VERY seriously. The Franz Haas Pinot Nero has Beautiful, Bright fruit that leaps out of the glass like a bowl of red berries, crunchy acidity that is classic Pinot Noir and supple, fine tannins that give a great length to this wine. This is a stunning bottle of Pinot Nero.

Winery  Backstory

Franz is the third generation first born son named Franz to run this family estate, established in 1880. The property vinifies grapes from 50 hectares of vineyards, 30 of which are estate grown across a variety of mesoclimates and soil composition.

The Alto Adige region, known as the sud-Tirol when it belonged to neighbouring Austria, provides an awe inspiring backdrop for grape growing. The valley is split by the Adige River and the mountains climb steeply on either side, with vineyards reaching 1000 metres. The vines here reflect the challenging extremes of viticulture. Surrounded by mountains, winters are long and freezing and the short summer months scorching hot, with nearby Bolzano often recording Italy’s hottest temperatures. Breezes from nearby Lago di Garda provide a moderating influence and there is a dramatic difference between day and night temperatures, especially at the vineyards over 500 metres. The wines are characterized by crisp fruit and refreshing acidity with real personality and ageing potential.

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