2020 Nals Magreid Stein Sauvignon Alto Adige DOC
Nals Margreid is a cooperative of about 100 small growers located in the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. The cooperative was formed in 1985 by the merging of The Cellars Nalles (established in 1932) and Magre-Niclara (established in 1954) – two well-respected entities, both steeped in tradition. While cooperatives are typical in the Alto Adige (where parcels are often small and at high altitudes in mountainous terrain) their goal in joining forces was to unite some of the best wine growers from the Strada del Vino (wine road) of Alto Adige into something of a “dream team”. Today, 140 growers cultivate a wide range of local varieties in over150 hectares of vineyards for the Nals Margreid Cellar.
The vineyards of Nals Margreid are positioned between 200 and 900 meters above sea level, stretching from Nalles in the north to Magrè in the south. These locations benefit from both the climactic-barrier protection of the Alps to the North, and the warmth of the Mediterranean influences from the South. Soils are made up of gravel subsoil on the slopes of the mountains, and alluvial soil on the valley floor. Fold in primitive rock such as granite, slate, limestone, gneiss and porphyry and you’ve got ideal conditions for the growing of premium grapes, and ultimately the production of world-class wines.
The growers of Nals Margreid use natural methods wherever possible. Parasites and diseases are avoided through ecological means. Vines are trained using the classic pergola trellis, or by using the more modern, lower-yielding Guyot method.
Aromatic herbs and citrus, with chinotto, lychee and elderflower. 'STEIN' means stone in German representing the terroir of Sauvignon Blanc from South Tyrol. Notes of grapefruit and elderberry in its bouquet. On the palate, powerful, aromatic with a remarkable reverberation. Accompanied by mineral notes of the soils dominated by marl and clay.
James Suckling, 92 points
Some real sophistication here! All the colors of the currant pour from the glass of this ripe, generous and juicy sauvignon blanc. With aeration, notes of yellow grapefruit, red gooseberry and fresh sage emerge. Very good balance at the long, polished finish.n
Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Sustainability 2020 - Organic In Practice, Sustainable In Practice
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