Urban Lagrein Riserva is our personal interpretation of the oldest autochthonous red grape variety from Alto Adige.
A masterpiece of timeless charm.
Of noble character and captivating charm. A classy, perfectly balanced and fully matured Lagrein.
Sigi Hiss, Vinum Schweiz, December 2018
MONTHS OF MATURATION
YEARS OF AGING POTENTIAL
Alto Adige DOC
Winter ended with heavy snowfalls in the mountains. Warmer temperatures in March and April as well as well-nurtured soils caused premature and quite uneven budburst. A cool May then delayed flowering. A damp and hot month of June increased the risk of fungal diseases, which could be contained by intensive manual work in the vineyards. A dry spell, interrupted only by short and violent thunderstorms, characterised the rest of the summer. Two heat waves basically had no negative effect whatsoever. By mid-August, lowest temperatures started to drop significantly. A substantial diurnal temperature variation was registered throughout the harvest, which began about two weeks later than in the previous year. The white wines of the 2019 vintage show impressive freshness and especially Gewürztraminer showcases particular elegance. The red wines present a lot of fruit and lively tannins.
- grapes: Lagrein
- yield: 50 hl/hectare
- altitude: 230 – 300 m
- slope exposure: west 50 %, south-west 40%, south 10%
- harvest date: beginning – mid-October
- soil: calcareous and porphyritic gravel, sand and loam
- vine age: 20 to over 100 years
- climate: extreme interplay of sunny days influenced by the Mediterranean climate and the cool nights marked by the cold downslope winds from the surrounding mountains.
- bottles produced: 19,500, 200 magnum bottles and some other big formats
After manual harvest, the grapes are delivered in small bins. Fermentation takes place in big oak casks at a controlled temperature of 28°C and is followed by malolactic fermentation.
The wine matures for 12 months in French barriques, followed by another 6 months spent in concrete tanks. After bottling, Urban rests in the bottle for at least another 6 months.
ruby to dark garnet
delicate floral notes of violets with fruity hints of blueberries and blackcurrant
impressive with its typical bitter nuances on the palate, well structured,full-bodied and velvety, with a touch of bitter cocoa and delicious forest fruits on the finish
16 -18° C
> 10 years
0.75 l / 1.50 l
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