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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > ITALY: North-East – Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia - White

Winner Details

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

2017 Gold: 4 Silver: 6 Bronze: 5 Commended: 9
2016 Gold: 1 Silver: 6 Bronze: 2 Commended: 6

Last year’s only Gold medal winner repeated its performance this year. With entries up nearly 20%, that’s quite an achievement, so a big shout out to Nussbaumer for its Gewürz. And also to Cavit, for the well-priced, and genuinely good, Pinot Grigio, which also picked up a Food Match Award for a Thai Green Curry.

Whatever the variety, these vineyards in the foothills of the Alps seem able to give wines of real freshness and elegance, and year after year in the Sommelier Wine Awards, it’s one of the most popular regions for our tasters. Not cheap, necessarily, but not outrageous either, and with plenty of pedigree.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘There’s not much demand for premium Pinot Grigio. It has a reputation as being a cheaper wine.’ Arnaud Fiol, The Don Restaurant

‘Most were food-orientated, the way they were developed; towards the top end they were very oily, and I like that.’ Michael Moore, The London Cookhouse

‘For me this was the best flight of the morning. It was fantastic – delivering at all levels: price, quality, texture, expression. Some of these wines could easily compete against white Burgundy.’ Olivier Marie , team leader

‘I’ve been following the developments in Trentino and Alto Adige for a couple of years now. The wines coming out of these regions are offering great value for money. They over-delivered for the price.’ Gergely Barsi Szabó, Sager + Wilde

‘Pinot Grigio and Soave sell like water. My customers associate “white Italy” with value and cheap wines, so for me these would be a hand sell.’ Agustin Trapero, Avenue 

‘There were some really impressive wines here. The category seemed to perform even better towards the top end, but there was food friendliness throughout the flight. If you’re looking for richer styles of white wine, without Burgundy price points, you can look to this.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

Award winners

Found 24 wines

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

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Bianco 2014, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Nice ripe fruit, apricot and white peach with tropical hints of mango and papaya, good texture and a creamy finish,’ began Agustin Trapero of Avenue in his praise of this Gold winner, while for Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson it was ‘textural, long and complex, with beautifully integrated oak, a rich, opulent palate, cream and spice notes with savoury nuances’. Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club thought this a perfect match for either grilled Dover sole or a rustic pizza.

£19.64 Eurowines

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Grigio 2016, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

Cavit took home both Gold and a Food Match Trophy for its ripe, good-value Pinot Grigio. While Marek Rakowski of Harbour Heights Hotel found it ‘well made at a good price level, with floral notes on then nose and full of ripe apple fruit on the palate’, Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse enjoyed its ‘pear drop character with a sour gooseberry aftertaste’, recommending it as a ‘great option with scallops or most shellfish’. ‘Sweet pear on the nose, good weight and texture, yet freshness and balance with orchard fruit on a good finish,’ added Vinoteca’s Charlie Young.

£7.29 Boutinot

Tramin, Nussbaumer, Gewürztraminer 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

A beautifully balanced exotic, floral flavour profile, with abundant ripe fruit, assured this Gewürztraminer of Gold. ‘Late-harvested, with some botrytis character and mango fruit in an exotic style,’ began team leader Olivier Marie, while Adam Michocki of Chez Bruce noted its ‘huge concentration and body, very lively palate with intense flavours of ripe melon, quince, honeysuckle and orange with some balancing herbal notes’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald spoke of ‘aromatic lychee and rose water notes, along with red apple, lavender, jasmine and chalky, wet-stone minerality’. ‘Grilled salmon with hollandaise sauce’ was the perfect match, according to Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club.

£20.38 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Jermann, Dreams 2014, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

This Gold winner was a ‘beautiful, complex wine’ for team leader Laura Rhys MS, showing ‘bright citrus, juicy fruit of peach and orange hints, really zippy acidity and well-integrated if prominent oak’, while Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin also noted ‘broad, round, floral honeysuckle notes, toasted almonds, supple texture with mineral character, confit lemon and stone fruit on the finish’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald thought this blend of ‘lemon, lime, orange, apple, chestnut and almonds, with a rich palate, and easy-drinking overall’ made this a great match for langoustine or lobster.

£38.31 Enotria&Coe

Livon, Solarco, Bianco, Collio 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Agustin Trapero of Avenue found it ‘open and aromatic, with white flowers and a hint of fennel and artichoke, white pepper notes on the finish’, while Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering felt it was ‘very lively and zingy, and such a good match with creamy dishes and many fish dishes’.

£14.42 Eurowines

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh enjoyed its ‘seductive nose and rich palate, silky texture with mango and pineapple fruit, nutty notes on the finish’, while Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa highlighted a ‘blackcurrant leaf nose, exotic palate with very good acidity, papaya and lime fruit’.

£19.64 Eurowines

Alois Lageder, Porer, Pinot Grigio 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A ripe nose with honeyed acacia notes, elegant in the mouth with plenty of stone fruit character,’ began Arnaud Fiol of The Don Restaurant, with Harbour Heights Hotel’s Marek Rakowski noting ‘a deeper colour, apple fruit surrounded by buttery notes, good body and texture with well-balanced, subtle oak’.

£14.10 Bibendum

Alois Lageder, Löwengang, Chardonnay 2013, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Vanilla oak is forward on the nose, then a stone fruit palate with peach blossom notes, good length and pleasant acidity,’ said Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, who found it ‘well balanced and elegant with hints of white pepper on the finish’. ‘Delicate fruit, with complexity and structure,’ added team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£22.81 Bibendum

Alois Lageder, Gewürztraminer 2014, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

Richard Allen of Adam’s Restaurant highlighted an ‘intense, perfumed nose, lots of candied apricot on the palate, very aromatic with a lingering finish’, and team leader Olivier Marie felt it was a ‘wonderful wine, ripe and fleshy with waxy, honeyed texture on a lovely palate with mineral notes balance and elegance’.

£10.79 Bibendum

Jermann, Vintage Tunina 2014, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Wow,’ said team leader Laurent Richet MS, much taken with this wine’s ‘clean and balanced, long and persistent character with beautiful ripe fruit of yellow plums and golden apple, touches of vanilla and tangerine with wet stone minerals on the finish’.

£30.47 Enotria&Coe

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Gewürztraminer 2015, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Lovely aromatic nose on a rich, opulent wine with notes of spice, roses and cream,’ began Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, who also found a ‘broad, fat palate, but with enough freshness to make it a great match for Asian foods’. ‘Very attractive, holds well on the palate,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering.

£7.79 Boutinot

Kaltern, Pinot Bianco 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Laura Rhys MS found ‘bright citrus fruit, lovely minerality with some spicy notes and good texture on the palate’, while Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin noted ‘green fruit, precise and pure with smoky floral mineral character, nutty and saffron notes on the finish’.

£11.95 Ellis of Richmond

Mezzacorona, Castel Pietra, Pinot Grigio, Dolomiti 2015, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

A typically drinkable, clean style with pear and apple fruit, with team leader Jade Koch highlighting ‘fresh peach aromas and good balance on a pretty palate that shows some slightly lactic character but remains refreshing’.

£6.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Russiz Superiore, Sauvignon Blanc, Collio 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Pear and ripe apple aromas, lovely minerality and gentle saltiness on the palate complemented by vibrant fruit flavours all the way through,’ said Benoît Poulain of Adam’s Restaurant.

£16.31 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Tramin, Stoan 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Gergely Barsi Szabó of Sager + Wilde found ‘aromas of peach and apricot with lime, complexity and good structure’, while team leader Olivier Marie enjoyed its ‘very good intensity, hints of persimmon and underlying spices, white pepper and horseradish, good complexity and weight with a savoury saline finish’.

£18.01 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Conte d'Attimis-Maniago, Ribolla Gialla 2015, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.05 Try Wines

Bastianich, Vespa, Bianco 2013, Friuli, Italy

Commended medal winner

£17.60 Bibendum

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio 2016, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Borgo del Tiglio, Friulano, Collio 2012, Friuli, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.64 Matthew Clark

Borgo del Tiglio, Selezione, Sauvignon Blanc, Collio 2013, Friuli, Italy

Commended medal winner

£23.41 Matthew Clark

Russiz Superiore, Pinot Grigio, Collio 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Ponte del Diavolo, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.64 Liberty Wines

Eugenio Collavini, Broy, Bianco, Collio 2013, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Jermann, Pinot Bianco 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£16.90 Enotria&Coe

 

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