Gambero Rosso Vini d'Italia 2014 ~ Winery Nals Margreid

Gambero Rosso Vini d'Italia 2014

“Italy’s best white wine” comes from Nals Margreid.
Three Glasses: SIRMIAN Pinot Bianco 2012
ITALY'S BEST WHITE WINE: SIRMIAN Pinot Bianco 2012

One of Italy’s biggest and most influential wine guides, Gambero Rosso’s “Vini d´Italia”, which is published in six languages, has chosen the winery’s Sirmian 2012 Pinot Bianco as “Italy’s best white wine”. And for the seventh year in succession, it has been placed in the highest category with three glasses (“Tre bicchieri”). Gambero Rosso’s judgments are considered definitive for the Italian wine scene in general. That makes the annual announcement of the results an exciting affair. For Nals Margreid Winery, the wine critics this year again decided to award top marks: For the seventh time in succession, the Sirmian Pinot Bianco received the coveted Three Glasses (“Tre bicchieri”). “That in itself is a rare achievement,” says Gottfried Pollinger, Managing Director of Nals Margreid Winery. In addition, the Sirmian 2012 Pinot Bianco is now officially “Italy’s best 2014 white wine: “This award, which has implications well beyond the borders of Italy, is something we are particularly proud of, all the more so as we are the first winery in South Tyrol to earn this distinction with a white wine,” says Gottfried Pollinger. “That will further strengthen the market position of our Sirmian, which is already available in 22 countries, in keeping with our commitment to produce the wines of international standing that we need to be successful on the global wine market,” the Managing Director explains. The decision to make Nals Margreid Winery’s Sirmian 2012 “Italy’s best white wine” was the result of a unanimous vote. “The wine has everything a great white wine must have: fresh and light and at the same time with lots of body,” says Gianni Fabrizio, editor of “Vini d´Italia”. “It starts off with a bouquet of apple and pear before revealing more complex notes, especially aromas of plum, which are indicative of perfect grape maturity. In the finish, the Sirmian is full-flavored and powerful without becoming too aggressive. The wine offers an excellent balance between acidity and alcohol so that a long and delightful aftertaste is guaranteed.” The grapes for the Sirmian Pinot Bianco grow at between 550 and 750 meters above sea-level in Sirmian (above Nalles), one of South Tyrol’s oldest wine-growing areas. The soils of the south-facing slopes enclose primary rocks from the geological basement, mainly porphyry but also marble, gneiss, mica and limestone. Thanks to the Alpine climate, with cool summers and the mild months of autumn, the grapes benefit from a longer vegetation period, and a late harvest in the middle of October is the key to a unique play of aromas. “For years we have focussed on top quality in all phases of winemaking – from sustainable husbandry in the vineyards in harmony with nature and the need for a biological equilibrium to the careful work we do in the cellars,” says winemaker Harald Schraffl. “I am especially pleased that our long years of hard work have now received recognition from the expert jury at Gambero Rosso. This double distinction will spur us on to consistently apply our winemaking principles.”
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