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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > ITALY: North-East – Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia - White

Winner Details

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

2018 Gold 3        Silver 7                Bronze 5              Commended 8
2017 Gold 5        Silver 6                Bronze 5              Commended 9
 

There’s always a somewhat high-spirited nature to this part of the competition; a joyous intermingling of grape varieties and wine styles, united by a spirited acidity and a joyous drinkability. After the record heights of last year’s five Golds, this year was always likely to be a step back, but 23 awards was a good performance for a region that was hit by frost in 2017, and there was a good spread of styles to play with.

While our Gold winners were all excellent, if it’s value for money you’re after you might want to look in the Silver section; some great wines here that can still make it on to a wine list at under £30. The only disappointment? Pinot Grigio, which our tasters thought would be both better and cheaper.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Pinot Grigio is a challenging grape. It’s very popular, but there’s not always a lot of quality behind it. There were a few here that I could put on a list, but they’re not versatile wines when it comes to food. They’re just wines to drink.’ Manuel Ribeiro, The Bybrook at The Manor House Hotel

‘We had a good blend of varieties here, and some blends, that all showed really lovely purity. You could put these with almost any dish. There’s enough structure and flavour, and they weren’t too oaked either.’ Annette Scarfe MW, team leader

‘Below £10 these are the classic supermarket Pinot Grigio, so you’d get exactly the same quality as you would at home, but in a restaurant they’d be three or four times the price.’ Lionel Periner, team leader

‘Unless you’re a very fancy Italian place you wouldn’t have a variety of Pinot Grigios. It serves a purpose. People like it, and you make money out of it.’ Chris Delalonde MS, Bleeding Heart Group

‘These north-eastern whites are an area where Italy is very strong and should be competing with New Zealand and France. Some great terroir-driven wines: saltiness, acidity, very complex.’ Andrea Briccarello, team leader

‘Two lovely Gewürztraminers, and both different. Good winemaking.’ Nigel Lister, team leader

Award winners

Found 23 wines

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

Tramin, Nussbaumer, Gewürztraminer 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘A delicate, rose petal nose with very pretty, plump fruit, some gentle peach and spiced pear,’ was team leader Nigel Lister’s appraisal as this took its rightful spot on the Gold List, while Woodhead 17’s James Fryer spoke of ‘plush white florals, like magnolia, with good weight on the palate, and intense rose water and talcum notes’. ‘Nice freshness and aromatics, with some lychee and spice,’ concluded team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£20.46 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Tramin, Stoan 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

A broad combination of flavour influences helped elevate this to Gold, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW highlighting ‘ripe stone fruit with an oily texture, orange peel and lemon zest on a creamy mid-palate, notes of rose petals and spices’, and Gymkhana’s Valentin Radosav enjoying ‘stone fruit and yellow flowers, complex and intense in the mid-palate but with well-balanced acidity and a long finish, bringing in tropical fruit, flowers and nutmeg’.

£19.47 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Alois Lageder, Löwengang, Chardonnay 2014, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

While finding it ‘bashful and restrained on the nose’, Portland Restaurant’s Carolina Seibel was charmed by this Gold medallist’s ‘oily and biscuity, refreshing nose, with lime and yellow plum fruit dominating the palate, and showing some light, nutty oxidation on the finish’. ‘Apricot flesh aromas and some good ripeness on the finish’ were described by Woodhead 17’s James Fryer, while team leader Sam Caporn MW was taken by its ‘restrained and well-handled use of oak’, ultimately concluding that it was ‘elegant and delicious’.

£26.20 Bibendum

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Chardonnay 2017, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Floral, grassy, straightforward primary fruits on the nose, with hints of herbs and flowers,’ began Matteo Furlan of The Ritz London, finding a ‘decent palate, mineral and fresh, crisp and round, with more floral notes on the finish’, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW noted ‘lovely ripe lemons on the palate and a waxy texture’.

£7.15 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio 2017, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Tasty,’ began team leader Sam Caporn MW, further describing a wine that was ‘ripe and fresh, with lots of Conference pears and zingy, sherbet notes’, before concluding that this was ‘flavourful and balanced’. James Fryer of Woodhead 17, meanwhile, appreciated its ‘good texture on the palate, with tinned pineapple and green herb notes’.

£7.75 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

Simple pleasures here for team leader Nigel Lister, who enjoyed its ‘waxy, soft yellow peach nose with a touch of spice, ripe and succulent flavours on a well-balanced, fresh palate’, and thought it was ‘a good food wine and great value’. Fellow team leader Andrea Briccarello highlighted its ‘crisp, citrusy style with nice salty notes, to go with oysters and lemon’.

£7.81 Berkmann Wine Cellars

J Hofstätter, Barthenau, Vigna San Michele, Pinot Bianco 2014, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Rich, golden and ripe,’ began Portland Restaurant’s Carolina Seibel, who liked its ‘very dry palate’ and ‘hints of pithy bitterness’, and thought it was ‘mineral with good structure’, while for team leader Nigel Lister there were ‘distant honey notes, peach and pear in a very fresh, lively style’.

£21.95 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Nosiola 2017, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

Refreshing and clean, with ‘fruity and fresh pear aromas, good structure in the mouth with pear skin, lime juice and zest notes’, said Carolina Seibel of Portland Restaurant, with team leader Nigel Lister adding ‘apple and pear fruit, zesty and sherbety, good value and well balanced’.

£6.95 Boutinot

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Grigio 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

Highlighting its ‘smoky oak and fruit on the nose, citrus and apple with apricot and honey notes’, Manuel Ribeiro of The Bybrook at The Manor House Hotel also found ‘white pepper and buttered toast richness on the palate cut by good acidity, with a toasty, smoky but balanced finish’.

£21.05 Eurowines

Cantina Bolzano, Kleinstein, Gewürztraminer 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Nigel Lister approved of this wine’s ‘bright rose, lychee, classic Turkish Delight aromas, rich and ripe palate with good balance of fruit, Asian spices and a pleasant almond kernel finish’.

£18.82 Cantina Bolzano

Pighin, Pinot Grigio, Collio 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Bleeding Heart Group’s Chris Delalonde MS picked up aromas of ‘tangerine and clementine, candied fruit with a touch of richness’, followed by ‘candied lemon with nice vibrancy on the palate, good definition with balanced mid-palate and a fruity sweetness on the finish’. ‘Grassy, earthy and crisp, with good fruit,’ added Christoph Hons of Park Chinois.

£12.40 Mondial Wine

Collavini, Benedete, Ribolla Gialla 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Gymkhana’s Valentin Radosav liked this wine’s ‘fresh style, with flower and nutty aromas, yellow plum with well balanced acidity’, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW picked up ‘ripe grapefruit and lemon, lovely texture rounded with ripe stone fruit notes’.

£11.92 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Livon, Gran Cru, Braide Alte 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW found ‘vibrant flavours and a full, aromatic mid-palate, with white flower notes’, while freelance sommelier Julio Iglesias described it as ‘high intensity, with sweet fruit and floral notes, as well as a honeyed element’.

£24.35 Eurowines

Jermann, Pinot Grigio 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Grapey flower aromas with fruit peel and marshmallow notes,’ began Bleeding Heart Group’s Chris Delalonde MS, finding ‘a vibrant palate with great flavours and balance’, while Manuel Ribeiro of The Bybrook at The Manor House Hotel liked its ‘fruit and spice on the nose with a savoury palate and toast and honey finish’.

£17.38 Enotria&Coe

Cantina Bolzano, Riserva, Sauvignon 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Floral aromas, peaches and lychee with fresh, crisp acidity balancing the fruit in this oaked style of an aromatic grape,’ said Gymkhana’s Valentin Radosav, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW found it a ‘lovely, inviting expression with fresh herbal and delicate pine needle notes’.

£22.05 Cantina Bolzano

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

Commended medal winner

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Grigio 2017, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.70 Boutinot

Alois Lageder, Haberle, Pinot Bianco 2015, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.93 Bibendum

Alois Lageder, Porer, Pinot Grigio 2016, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.11 Bibendum

San Simone, Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli Grave 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.33 Eurowines

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Bianco 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£21.05 Eurowines

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.25 Eurowines

Bossi Fedrigotti, Vign'Asmara 2014, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

 

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