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Home Winners > Winners 2019 > ITALY: North-East - White (including Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia)

Winner Details

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

2019 GOLD: 8      SILVER: 9      BRONZE: 4      COMMENDED: 10
2018 GOLD: 3      SILVER: 7      BRONZE: 5      COMMENDED: 8
 

Whites from the hillier bit of north-east Italy are like the unobtrusive party guest who seems shy and reserved to start with, but whose charm, wit and self-deprecation grow on you as the evening wears on. These are not, for the most part, show-off wines. But they’re interesting, versatile and sometimes very well priced.

We had a fine spread of medal-winning styles here, from Chardonnay to blends, Pinots Bianco to Grigio, and Gewürztraminer to Sauvignon Blanc. And throughout most of them was what makes this region so attractive to our tasters – a cheerful, light-footed freshness.

Oddly (some might say mistakenly), we didn’t have a sub-£10 Pinot Grigio on our Gold List, but our tasters were genuinely stimulated by what they found around the £15 mark. It’s proof of what this much-maligned grape is capable of when treated with love and attention rather than run into the ground. There were some very good Silvers at the more affordable end of things, too.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘A couple of the Pinot Grigios really stood out with more personality: some elegance, some salinity and points of interest.’ James Fryer, Woodhead 17

‘They’re breaking out of the mould. You have to have a second look at these, because they’ll fit into a place you thought they didn’t fit before.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘There was an incredible range of styles in the Pinot Grigio flight: some fresh, green and crisp; at the other end complex wines that really surprised me. It’s not what I expected, the flight blew me away.’ Jim Bass, Scarlet Hotel

‘The most expensive [Pinot Grigio] stood out in terms of quality and ageing, and freshness. But even the entry-level ones were pretty attractive. Overall, producers of Pinot Grigio have improved.’ Tomasz Kuszneruk, Pavilion Wine

‘The cheaper wines were like house Pinot Grigio: light, easy-drinking. At the more expensive end they were aged in oak, smoky, close to a Meursault or Puligny in style.’ Clément Loubeyre, The Cross Kenilworth

‘The value here is when you get to the higher price points – there were really characterful wines in there. What I liked was this lovely texture and depth that you could happily sit with throughout a meal and still find interesting.’ Hamish Anderson, team leader

 

Award winners

Found 31 wines

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

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Grigio 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

This ‘rich and developed’ Gold winner, for Moio Restaurant’s Carolina W Seibel, had some appealing notes of ‘yellow stone fruit and baked pastry, and a yeasty note’, while team leader Carlos Ferreira spoke highly of ‘lemon pie and peach, with a complex palate and big finish, with some white spices and good acidity – a very well-made wine’. Fellow team leader Martin Lam added praise for its ‘very creamy palate, with a toasted, vanilla character’.

£22.30 Eurowines

Jermann, Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

This worthy Gold medallist was ‘a big mouthful of crunchy, dry fruit with concentration and aromatic complexity’ for team leader Martin Lam, while Daniel Jonberger of Rockliffe Hall added praise for its ‘melon, honey and soft brioche notes, with a palate that’s zesty, with an oily touch of red apple and grapefruit, and a long finish’. ‘An oily texture, with some chalkiness and good acidity’ stood out for Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn.

£17.38 Enotria&Coe

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Chardonnay 2018, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Unsurprisingly taking home a handful of awards, including a Gold medal, this Chardonnay drew praise from judges for its complex notes of ‘apricot and lemon verbena’, according to team leader Jan Konetzki, who enjoyed its ‘grip, and a touch of elegant bitterness’. For Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish it was ‘light and easy drinking, but with good balance, and some grassy, green notes – all at a remarkable price. A good by-the-glass option.’

£7.38 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Bastianich, Vigne Orsone, Friulano 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Delicate and elegant,’ began Raphael Thierry of Street XO in his praise of this worthy Gold medal recipient, further finding ‘smoky minerality on the nose, followed by some good fruit and white flowers, too’. With its ‘orange peel, with floral notes too, and a delicate balance’, Prestonfield House’s Dave Cushley thought this was ‘one to get to know’, while The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston’s Giuseppe Longobardi thought its ‘stone fruit and honeysuckle, with creaminess on the palate balanced by freshness’ made it the right choice for ‘spiced lentil daal’.

£12.98 Bibendum

Colterenzio, Gewürztraminer Classici 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Delicious’, was team leader Hamish Anderson’s summary of this Gold winner, which he described as ‘very aromatic and perfumed, with some Asian spice and ginger, leading to a more restrained palate with chalk and lime zest’, while Prestonfield House’s Dave Cushley pointed out that it was ‘voluptuous and refreshing at the same time’. ‘Rosewater, pear and lychee aromas, with a ripe, floral palate’ made this an ideal match for ‘seabass curry and coconut’, according to team leader Jan Konetzki.

£13.48 Enotria&Coe

Colterenzio, Chardonnay La Foa 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

A hit with our judges, and a clear candidate for Gold, this showed ‘oak and minerality on the nose, leading to more well-integrated oak on the palate, with some toasted sesame and good fruit, too’, according to Street XO’s Raphael Thierry, while team leader Angela Reddin found ‘white peach, crème anglaise and lemon posset, leading to a crunchy palate of cashews and lime’. ‘Lovely, delicate and light on the nose, yet very deep and complex on the palate,’ concluded Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains.

£26.81 Enotria&Coe

Alois Lageder, Am Sand, Gewürztraminer 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

Judges were generous in their praise of this worthy Gold winner, from team leader Laurent Richet MS’s description of it as ‘charming, and packed with minerality, blossoms, peach and apricot notes’ to fellow team leader Tom Forrest’s appreciation of its ‘typical floral, aromatic, perfumed Gewürztraminer nose’. ‘Buttery vanilla and some lemon and lime, with a fresh finish’ led The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston’s Giuseppe Longobardi to recommend this be served with ‘monkfish or risotto’.

£20.37 Bibendum

Alois Lageder, Porer, Pinot Grigio 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

As this clinched a well-deserved Gold, Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn admired ‘summer flowers and orange on the nose’, before going on to describe ‘Seville orange marmalade on the palate, alongside some good minerality and acidity, and a long, orange blossom finish’. The Cross Kenilworth’s Clément Loubeyre described ‘savoury, artichoke aromas, and some evidence of skin contact’, which led to a palate that was ‘quite rich, but with lovely acidity and good citrus flavours, leading to a long finish’.

£16.88 Bibendum

Mezzacorona, Terre del Noce, Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Pretty, with gooseberry and floral aromas, like honeysuckle, leading to a palate that’s crisp, precise and dry, with some peachy stone fruit,’ said Jim Bass of Scarlet Hotel, concluding that it was ‘well made, in a popular style, and with a great price’.

£6.43 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Fantinel, La Roncaia, Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A toasty nose, with hints of oak, touches of brioche, and a nice dose of melon and mature pear,’ described Rockliffe Hall’s Daniel Jonberger, while Michael Fiducia of The Royal Automobile Club found it to be ‘a richer, more opulent and serious style, with stone fruit, and real depth and length’.

£13.60 Matthew Clark

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

James Fryer of Woodhead 17 found ‘apricot skin and flesh on the nose, and even a bit of smokiness, leading to more apricot, and a slight melon note, too, with a more textural mid-palate, along with some grassiness’.

£7.98 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cavit, Rulendis, Pinot Grigio 2017, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A super-elegant wine,’ began James Fryer of Woodhead 17, who went on to describe ‘lemon pith on the nose, leading to an oily, structural palate with lemon balm notes’, while Jim Bass of Scarlet Hotel appreciatd its ‘fresh aromatics, and a clean, mineral palate’.

£12.50 Boutinot

Livon, Manditocai Friulano 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A very intense, complex nose, with some spice, followed by lots of stone fruit, and an oily texture on the palate, all leading to a spicy finish,’ thought Sexy Fish’s Julien Sahut, while team leader Hamish Anderson described ‘some oak and vanilla, and a rich, generous palate’.

£22.35 Eurowines

Colterenzio, Pinot Bianco Cora 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

For team leader Angela Reddin this had ‘wet stone and herbal notes like thyme’, while Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish thought its ‘smooth, easy-drinking character, with a long finish, would make you want to drink another glass’.

£10.71 Enotria&Coe

Tramin, Nussbaumer, Gewürztraminer 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Sultanas, lychees and cardamom and ginger spice on the nose, leading to lovely balance on the palate, with nice acidity and bags of complex flavours,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, while The London Cookhouse’s Michael Moore further identified ‘rose petal and lavender, with an orange finish’.

£21.69 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Expressive and aromatic, with good balance, and some white peach and pear drops on the palate,’ said Pavilion Wine’s Tomasz Kuszneruk, while Rockliffe Hall’s Daniel Jonberger found it ‘light at first, with light pear fruit, before a nice oily palate, with more pear on the finish’.

£7.90 Boutinot

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Nosiola 2018, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

According to Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection, this opened with ‘citrus, herbal and white blossom aromas, as well as some white pepper’, while Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish found ‘balanced acidity and an oily texture’.

£7.15 Boutinot

Cavit, Maso Toresella, Chardonnay Doc Trentino Superiore Riserva 2017, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Crushed apple and chalk aromas’ led, according to team leader Angela Reddin, to ‘a saline note on the palate that’s definitely moreish – shellfish anyone?’

£13.35 Boutinot

Ruffino, Lumina Pinot Grigio delle Venezie Giulia 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘An attractive, elegant nose, followed by good acidity on the citrus palate, along with some stone fruit and a delicate finish,’ said Pavilion Wine’s Tomasz Kuszneruk.

£9.39 Matthew Clark

Tramin, Stoan 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Aromas of ‘yellow stone fruit like white peach, as well as a floral note’ led, according to Dilger Sommelier Selection’s Markus Dilger, to a palate with ‘fresh acidity, and some minerality too’.

£19.47 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Sauvignon 2018, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A good value, well-made wine,’ according to team leader Nigel Lister, who described ‘a warm, spicy nose leading to a fresh, floral palate, with some apple notes’.

£8.08 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Collavini, Villa Canlungo, Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Cavit, Terrazze della Luna, Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.60 Boutinot

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Bianco 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.30 Eurowines

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£23.50 Eurowines

Mezzacorona, Terre del Noce, Chardonnay 2018, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Fantinel, Tenuta Sant Helena, Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.13 Matthew Clark

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

Commended medal winner

San Simone, Pinot Grigio Prestige 2018, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.50 Eurowines

Colterenzio, Pinot Grigio 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.19 Enotria&Coe

Alois Lageder, Fórra, Manzoni Bianco 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£18.14 Bibendum

 

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