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Peter Zemmer “Giatl” Pinot Grigio Riserva, Alto Adige DOC 2018

Peter Zemmer “Giatl” Pinot Grigio Riserva, Alto Adige DOC 2018

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Winemaker

Geographical Indication

Grape

Vintage

2018

ABV

14.5%

Style

Still Dry White Wine

Barrel-fermented Pinot Grigio Riserva wine made from the best grapes grown in the foothills of the Alps

As featured in The Independent: “Aromatic, with notes of passion fruit and elderflower, it bursts on to the tongue with a textured fruitiness balanced by a measured acidity. Pinot grigio has never tasted so good.” – John Clarke

Aside from the grape, Pinot Grigio Riserva Giatl has nothing in common with inexpensive supermarket Pinot Grigio. This wine stands out because of its prominent flavours of passion fruit, guava and elderflower. Peter only picks the very best grapes from his “Giatl” vineyard, located in Bassa Atesina / Unterland on the valley floor. “Ora del Garda” – a cool afternoon breeze from Lake Garda – helps the grapes to retain acidity and makes the resulting wine suitable for longer ageing.

Fans will be pleased to hear it’s also available in a 1.5 litre magnum-sized bottle, perfect for family gatherings and gifting.

Winemaking

Peter harvests his Pinot Grigio grapes by hand. First, they go through cold maceration overnight, to enhance their fruity flavour. After that, the grapes are pressed and the juice is delicately clarified by gravity, without using a centrifuge. It takes more time, but doesn’t stress the wine. The juice is then fermented in small French oak barriques. Once it reaches the right alcohol level, it stays in the same barriques for another twelve months to age and develop complex flavours. The wine is then bottled and aged for an additional few months to further evolve its taste and aromas. This style of winemaking produces a unique wine with pleasant tropical flavours that has won it a number of prestigious awards.

Tasting notes

Pale gold colour. On the nose it has a medium aromatic intensity, with delicate aromas of passion fruit, guava, pear and elderflower, as well as a touch of ginger and honey. On the palate, it is dry and well-balanced, with pleasant medium acidity, a high level of alcohol and a full body. In the mouth, the wine offers a pronounced and complex blend of passion fruit, elderflower, pear, honey and ginger.

Ageing potential

8-10 years

Awards

Gambero Rosso – Three Glasses (2018 vintage) | Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 – Bronze Medal (2018 vintage) | Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 – Gold Medal (2017 vintage) | Robert Parker – 93 points (2018 vintage) | James Suckling – 93 points (2017 and 2018 vintages) | Mundus Vini 2019 – Gold Medal (2016 vintage) 

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