2018 Tiefenbrunner Lagrein Riserva Linticlarus
Lagrein is the typical blue grape of Alto Adige. It used to be planted by many producers to make light-footed, soft red wines for quick drinking. That type of Lagrein still exists, but many winegrowers nowadays also make very beautiful, powerful and serious Lagrein. Tiefenbrunner is a forerunner in making this serious type of Lagrein. As a grape it only occupies a subordinate position at Tiefenbrunner, but the wine has always been powerful and serious. First there was a Lagrein under the label Castel Turmhof, and now also a step higher, in the prestigious series 'Linticlarus'. It is a full and powerful Lagrein, made from low yields in the vineyard. The wine is intense and rich, and easily ages for a year in barrique. It produces a delicious red wine, soft, lively and fresh.
In the glass, this Riserva from the Linticlarus top series has a deep garnet-red color made from the typical South Tyrolean grape Lagrein. On the nose, the wine has refined and soft aromas of wild berries and cherries with fine-grained ripe tannins. with a beautiful acidity which makes this Lagrein from Tiefenbrunner very elegant and gives the wine elegance and complexity. The wine has had 12 months of aging in barriques and then another large oak barrels and finally a further 6 months of bottle aging.
The Tiefenbrunner House, with its historic half-timbering, exudes the typical cozy South Tyrolean atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a nice glass of wine outside on the terrace. Many tourists on their way to the sunny south or on their way back stop here for a glass of wine. That is definitely worth it at Tiefenbrunner. They have a wide range of interesting wines here, from fresh white to powerful red. All wines have been focused on quality and on making a wine that is typical for the grape and the vineyard.
It is above all Christophe Tiefenbrunner, who started in 1991, who has modernized the vineyards and perfected winemaking. He has now cleared part of the pergolas from the vineyards. These beautiful grape arbors are very typical of the region, but they have the disadvantage that the grapes do not hang optimally in the sun. At the same time, he has increased the number of sticks in the vineyard, also to increase quality. Revenues have also fallen sharply. All measures have reduced the total production from one million bottles to about 600,000 annually. The wines come from 20 hectares of our own vineyards and from grapes from several tens of hectares from other producers.
The production here consists of 70% white wines, the rest is red. Quite unusual for Alto Adige. Most winegrowers focus on the production of fruity, light red wines, usually made for the German market. However, white appears to be an excellent choice with a view to the future. The mountain slopes are very suitable for making white wines. Wood aging is rarely used here. And if the wine is already on wood, then it is usually very old large barrels that give off almost no wood flavor. The harvest here often lasts until November. Many wine lovers are charmed by the freshness and elegance of Tiefenbrunner's wines. The domain succeeds in giving each wine its own character, bottled together with a touch of fresh mountain air.
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|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|James Suckling rating||94|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit|
|Drink moments||Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Voor alledag|