Alois Lageder Casòn Bianco 2018

Alois Lageder Casòn Bianco 2018

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The main component of this wine in every vintage is the grape Viognier. Incredibly rare in Alto Adige, we planted this grape years ago as an experiment with the changing climatic conditions and rise in temperature in Northern Italy. Vigonier is typically blended with a complementary grape variety, with the 2018 vintage containing a portion of Petit Manseng.  These two grapes have small, thick-skinned berries, which make them quite resistant naturally to heat and disease. This wine is one of the representations of the future of wine production in our region, being open to change and possibilities with grape varieties suited for long-term development.

The origin of the wine comes from grapes in the Casòn Hirschprunn in the village of Magrè. Vines are grown at elevation, up to 1200 feet above sea level, in sandy/rocky soils that are layered with Dolomitic limestone. The component grapes are vinified separately with spontaneous fermentation in both large and small oak casks. They spend several months on the lees before being blended and resting in bottle for at least one year. The complexity and richness of this wine allows it even further bottle development up to 10 years.

Press Notes:

92 Points, James Suckling

“Although the nose is a bit funky, the ripe-apricot aroma is as clear as a bell. Then, on the sleek yet well structured palate there’s a pronounced, bitter-lemon note that may not be for everybody. Lively yet discreet acidity at the long, leesy finish. A blend of viognier and petit manseng. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold.””