Pinot Nero

Alto-Adige

Franz Haas

The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of...

Bolzano in the Alto Adige for generations. However, it is only with Franz, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim before working as a broker of Italian wines into the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business. Franz Haas goes to tremendous lengths to grow good grapes and then strives to preserve the flavours of the fruit during winemaking. As a result, the wines that he produces are infused with great character and show a rare purity and balance on the palate.

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Vineyards

Grapes for the Pinot Nero are grown on the slopes of Pinzano and Gleno in the Montagna area and in Mazzon in the municipality of Egna. The three different vineyard sites are all south-west facing and range from 350-1,150m in altitude. Soils are extremely varied within a tiny area, ranging from clay in one vineyard to sand, limestone or gravel in a neighbouring one. Density of planting is between 8,000-12,500 vines per hectare.

Vintage Information

2015 was one of the hottest and driest vintages in recent years. Little rainfall combined with high temperatures meant yields were lower than previous years. Yet the grapes were clean and healthy resulting in a wine of good fruit purity and quality.

Vinification

Fermentation took place in open top vats with a long maceration and frequent punching down of the cap and many pump overs. This enabled the right extraction of colour and fragrancs from the skins. Ageing took place in a mixture of small oak barriques and medium sized 'botti' for over a year prior to bottling, followed by five to ten months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

The wine is ruby red in colour and the bouquet opens with notes of black cherries and raspberries, marzipan and plum jam, cloves and cinnamon, ending finally with some light earthy aromas. Fresh and lively on the palate, the wine is bolstered by elegant tannins which make it balanced and rounded.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Alto-Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige
Winemaker Franz Haas
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 0.3g/l
Wine pH 3.72