Erste & Neue ~ Alto Adige DOC Pinot Bianco 2017

Erste & Neue ~ Alto Adige DOC Pinot Bianco 2017
£17.75 / bottle£202.35 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Italy
Grape variety: Pinot Blanc/ Pinot Bianco
Wine region: Alto Adige
Wine Type: White Wines
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Wine style: Crisp Light Whites
Drink: Now to 2023
Unoaked
Cork
ABV: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

The story

The winery which merged with Cantina Kaltern (Caldaro) at the end of 2016 told me in 2017 that they have started labelling this wine as Pinot Bianco so that people expect a dry, Italian white wine. It was previously labelled as Weissburgunder, the German name for the Pinot Bianco or Pinot Blanc grape.

The wine

I am still quite blown away by this wine which seems to get better and better with each vintage. If you don't like oaked whites, you will love this wine which is both amazingly fresh and yet quite complex in character.

The aromas on the nose are very light, as you would expect from a Pinot Bianco/ Pinot Blanc but hint at the complex nature of the wine - subtle apple and pear bouquets with hints of lime. Ripe pears and Granny Smith apples are obvious on the palate; the long finish sees lime kicking in at the end which with the crisp acidity gives it a very fresh character, yet with a silky smooth mouthfeel. A delicious crisp wine which is great to drink on its own but complements seafood and fish dishes especially.

The 2016 vintage of this wine features on Nobu London's wine list

Food Pairing

This makes for a lovely aperitif and is recommended for drinking with fish and chicken, cheese, charcuterie and rich cheese dishes

Producer's Notes

Bright straw yellow with greenish reflexes. Very fine bouquet, soft notes of apple dominate. Very straightforward on the palate with an elegant freshness and minerality and fine structure.

Awards

RobertParker.com     Jul 2017 
"Erste+Neue merged with Cantina Kaltern (Caldaro) at the end of 2016. Together these two wineries create a superpower on the Alto Adige wine scene, and it will be interesting to see what changes these two united brands will put forth in the future."

A Pinot Blanc with real character, complex yet amazingly fresh; subtle apple and pear bouquet with hints of lime. Lovely and velvety in the mouth with a long dry lime finish

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