Producer: Girlan

Grape: Lagrein 100%

Pronunciation: ‘La-grain’

Region: Sudtirol, Alto Adige

Zone: IGT Alto Adige

Producer Info:

Girlan is one of the region’s finest ‘grower collectives’ producing exemplary Alto Adige whites and reds. They have long encouraged their growers to focus on those varieties that best suit their soils, aspects and altitudes and they have led the way in single ‘commune’ and single vineyard wines. Girlan was also one of the first collectives in Alto Adige to pay its growers according to the quality of their fruit and apply strict controls on yields.

Tasting note: Drawn from vineyards within the sandy Bassa Atesina terroir, this delicious, medium-bodied 2013 is violet and dark cherry noted, velvety, long and refreshing - it's a touch more lifted than last year's denser example. A nice twist of gently bitter tannins work perfectly with food. Should match brilliantly well with simply prepared grilled and roast meats, game and a variety of hard cheeses.

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Limestone and dolomite; from Termeno to Cortaccia mixed with loamy rubble; in the far south, sandy marl

Alcohol (%) 12.5%