Producer: Manni Nossing

Grape: Sylvaner 100%

Pronunciation: ‘Sil-vaner’

Region: Sudtriol, Alto-Adige

Zone: DOC Alto Adige

Producer Info:

Asking other Alto Adige producers for their ‘hidden gem’ winery in the region, and many will tell you of Manni Nössing. Pre his first vintage under his own label, Manfred ‘Manni’ Nössing was selling the fruit from his own vines to famous local co-op Abbazia di Novacella. Even in his first few years of production, the wine was only sold in Italy until mounting pressure persuaded him to allocate some of his wine for export. His tiny winery has, since 2000, been producing some of the most highly regarded (and hard to get) wine from this ‘Austrian corner’ of Italy. An untrained winemaker, Manni has however embodied the region’s trend towards impeccably clean winemaking with a hand’s-off approach, and it shows in his gorgeous wines of pristine clarity, fruit purity and a mineral lift. He has since expanded his vineyard holdings, still only just 5 ha in total.

Tasting note: The Sylvaner of Manfred Nossing is a wine with sensual floral aromas, easy to drink thanks to its excellent flavour and freshness. Vegetable and floral scents, which are declined in wild flowers, herbs and apples. The palate is very taut and fresh, with good structure and great persistence

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Sandy, Granite

Production: Controlled-temperature fermentation in stainless steel vats lasts about 10-12 days. After fermentation the wines age on the fine lees for eight months

Alcohol (%) 13%