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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > ITALY: North-East – Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia - White

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 ITALY: North-East – Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia - White

2016 Gold: 1 Silver: 6 Bronze: 2 Commended: 6
2015 Gold: 3 Silver: 5 Bronze: 3 Commended: 3

This flight took in everything from wispy Sauvignons through Pinot Grigio to oaked Chardonnay by way of soar-away aromatic Gewürztraminers. What it did have in common, though, running like a chalky thread through the whole lot, was elegance and minerality.

Our tasters could see a use for all of these wines, and if the Nussbaumer Gold Medal-winning Gewürz (picking up its second Gold in three years, incidentally) is a bit out of your price range, there are plenty of well-priced Silvers and Bronzes that are well worth a look.

It would have been interesting, for instance, to see how the two Pinot Grigios would have done if they were flighted in the Varietal Classics section of this competition…

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘There was everything from fresh and light to rich and viscous and some were oaky. It was all over the place – in a nice way.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘They had freshness, minerality… really clean but not at all boring – and very food friendly. They’d be great with seafood.’ Georgi Mihov, Bohemia Bar and Restaurant

‘The consistent factor here was minerality. Whether bright and fresh or richer in style, they nearly all had that. They will nearly all be a hand sell, but there are uses for all of them.’ Alex Cooper, Haymarket Hotel

‘If there was a criticism, it’s that they were maybe trying too hard to be aromatic. I’d have liked a bit more fleshiness. They were wines for scallops and goats’ cheese rather than lobster.’ Jade Koch, team leader

“You need to upsell people into these kind of wines – maybe from Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. They’re wines for restaurants with a sommelier.” Frédéric Billet Jean-Yves, Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

Award winners

Found 15 wines

Italy: North-East - Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia – White

Tramin, Nussbaumer, Gewurztraminer, 2014, Alto Adige , Italy

Gold medal winner

An exotic star for the Gold List. 'Intense tropical nose with green mango, pineapple and pear drop, followed by a floral palate with fragrant, almost pot pourri notes,' said Mya Brown of The Ledbury, while team leader Jade Koch highlighted 'lychee and Turkish delight, warm spice and a sweet touch on the finish', and Mark Dorber of The Anchor at Walberswick said succinctly: 'Big, ripe and very full.' Perfect for green curry.

£18.71 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Livon, Braide Alte, 2013, Friuli-Venezia Giulia , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Fruity and flowery on the nose with notes of wild strawberry and white flowers,' began Gabriele Galuppo of Theo Randall at the InterContinental, continuing: 'Palate is consistent with the nose, with floral notes more prominent, but it's fresh and balanced with good intensity and complexity.'

£21.10 Eurowines

Tramin, Moriz, Pinot Bianco, 2014, Alto Adige , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Light pear fruit aromas with almond blossom hints, followed by a palate of fresh pear skins and almonds, with refreshing acidity and more almond notes to finish,' said team leader Tom Forrest, while Mark Dorber of The Anchor at Walberswick said: 'Clean and lean, ultra-savoury with good length – a very good food wine.'

£11.14 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

J Hofstätter, Barthenau, Vigna S Michele, Pinot Bianco, 2013, Alto Adige , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Fresh acidity with good minerality and scented stone fruits on the palate. A slight spritz on the initial sip,' said Alex Cooper of Haymarket Hotel. 'Lemon and grapefruit with stone fruit; fresh with lovely length,' added team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£17.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Riserva, Chardonnay, 2013, Trentino , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Apples and minerals on the nose, and a well-balanced palate with excellent grapefruit freshness on the finish,' began Georgi Mihov of Bohemia Bar and Restaurant, with Mya Brown of The Ledbury adding: 'Buttery, rich, developed nose, ripe, lush fruit and good length.'

£8.07 Please contact winery for further information

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio, 2015, Trentino , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Spicy, with white pepper spicy notes on a good nose, elegant blossom and straw on the palate, with good balance,' said Frédéric Jean-Yves Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, with Mya Brown of The Ledbury adding: 'Ripe, oily, stone fruit, lush and mineral.'

£7.18 Berkmann Wine Cellars

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Bianco, 2013, Alto Adige , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Oaky style, rich palate with sweet spices and notes of vanilla and peach,' began Erik Simonics of The Savoy, while team leader Tom Forrest highlighted its 'floral lemon and blossom aromas, ripe lemon and pear on the palate with good body, and some minerals on the finish'.

£18.12 Eurowines

Colterenzio, Classici, Pinot Grigio, 2014, Alto Adige , Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Bright citrus fruit and mineral touches, nice elegance but fresh and simple on the palate,' said team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£10.56 Enotria&Coe

Borgo del Tiglio, Studio di Bianco, Collio, 2013, Friuli-Venezia Guilia , Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Complex, elegant nose, with stone fruit, honeysuckle and a lovely mineral backbone,' began Mya Brown of The Ledbury, with team leader Jade Koch adding: 'Juicy, lively, upfront fruit with notes of orange and pithy bitterness, but has alcohol and backbone to lend it structure. A hand-sell for food.'

£48.11 Matthew Clark

Alois Lageder , Löwengang, Chardonnay , 2012, Alto Adige , Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.79 Bibendum Wine

Borgo del Tiglio , Ronco della Chiesa, Collio, 2013, Friuli-Venezia Guilia , Italy

Commended medal winner

£33.97 Matthew Clark

Alois Lageder , Pinot Bianco, 2014, Alto Adige , Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.88 Bibendum Wine

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Chardonnay, 2015, Trentino , Italy

Commended medal winner

Masùt da Rive, Friulano, Isonzo del Friuli, 2014, Friuli-Venezia Giulia , Italy

Commended medal winner

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Alto Adige , Italy

Commended medal winner

£18.12 Eurowines