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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > North-East - Red (including Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia)

Winner Details

North-East - Red
(including Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia)

Cool-climate regions – and in the foothills of the Alps, this north-east corner of Italy is definitely that – can often see their medal count rise and fall significantly in SWA, depending on the vintages coming in. After a stunning 2019, it was back to normality this year.

Or maybe ‘normality-plus’ would be more accurate. Five places on the Gold List, plus 18 other medals and 14 Commendeds was still a really good performance for the whites and reds of this region. In fact, if the reds had stepped up, this could have been a seriously good year again. Alas, the rossos let down their bianco counterparts.

Another underperformer was Pinot Grigio. Our judges rather like the variety from this part of the world – in fact they gave it three Golds last year. But this year was more muted. Perhaps because our tasters weren’t always sure they liked some of the more ambitious winemaking.

But take a look at the range of wines on offer in the medals: Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot, Lagrein – lots of good, and interesting wines. This is always a region worth exploring.

From The Tasting Teams

‘People were trying to get something more out of Pinot Grigio than they used to – some ripeness, some skin contact – which didn’t really work. It’s tricky to select Pinot Grigio because good ones don’t come around very often.’ Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir

‘The red wines have intensity and juiciness, with high tannins and acidity. Some interesting wines here.’ Dario Barbato, Individual Restaurants

‘Trentino can be bolder and more structured, which makes it more interesting and age-worthy, but it can struggle in the UK. The cleaner ones, as opposed to the more extracted nutty styles, are more suited to the UK palate.’ Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone

‘We saw a lot of different wines in terms of region and terroir, and different styles too, from clean and straightforward to more intense, with skin contact. Overall, they showed great character. They’re good to have on a wine list because they’re food-friendly, but also nice to have as an aperitif.’ Chiara Sieni, MM Grocery

‘There’s a huge variety of indigenous grapes in this region, so there’s a massive span for everything from delicate and ethereal wines to much larger, high-alcohol, fruit-driven examples.’ Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club

‘In the whites there were some really crisp, clean, vibrant flavours – and then you’d get a curveball where they’d oaked the wine, which sometimes worked and other times absolutely killed it.’ Tom Forrest, team leader

‘Pinot Grigio is a good grape when it’s made with quality winemaking and precision. Especially in Alto Adige, it can make great wines with character and typicity.’ Andre Luis Martins, team leader

‘The reds covered quite a range, but you could see the common thread of crunchy fruit throughout.’ Charlie Young, team leader

Award winners

Found 12 wines

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

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Noir Riserva 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

'A palate-awakening wine, with strong fruit intensity and some good acidity to help you through the summer months when pairing with a salt-beef sandwich or a peppery salami.' Alonso Abed, Trivet. 'Elegant and developing, with lingonberries and an undergrowth note - pleasant, concentrated and spicy, with a peppery and refreshing finish.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

£23.35 Eurowines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2015, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Fruity, with a nice amount of spice, and firm tannins that would work really well with a Mediterranean lamb dish.' Sarah McKenzie, Nut Tree Inn. 'Gamey and spicy with some savoury nuance, and a nicely structured finish.' Nelio Pinto, Candlesticks. 'Evolved and savoury-sweet with several layers. A very satisfying wine.' Martin Lam, team leader.

£9.22 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Lagrein Riserva 2016, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

'A savoury nose with hints of dark hedgerow fruit, good ripeness and intensity, with acidity keeping it fresh throughout.' Charlie Young, team leader. 'Floral and forward, with ripe berries and spices on the nose, and a juicy yet complex palate with roundness and great approachability, leading to a juicy and savoury finish.' Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester.

£9.30 Berkmann Wine Cellars

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

Silver medal winner

'Elegance is a synonym for this wine, with good complexity and soft tannins, and some medium acidity.' Dario Barbato, Individual Restaurants. 'Perfumed and elegant, this is spicy and floral with some dried flowers too, leading to a juicy and peppery palate and a lovely fresh finish.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

£9.05 Boutinot

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Marzemino 2018, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Luscious red fruit with some violet notes too, and some blackberry on the finish adding some seriousness to it.' Alonso Abed, Trivet. 'Scented and floral, with ripe berries and a juicy tone, leading to crisp fruit on the balanced palate that's very drinkable, with a fresh finish.' Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester.

£8.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Mezzacorona, NOS, Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2013, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'An expressive, berry-fruited nose with a touch of perfume, great structure and tight tannins, but everything present and correct. This will sing with strongly flavoured meat dishes.' Charlie Young, team leader. 'Very intense and earthy, with umami and mushroom, and some leaf mulch, but with great acidity and fruit. An intense and complex wine.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club.

£30.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Alois Lageder, Krafuss, Pinot Noir 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£33.51 Bibendum

Franz Haas, Pinot Nero 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£19.20 Liberty Wines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Teroldego Rotaliano 2018, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Merlot 2018, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

La Roncaia, Refosco 2014, Friulia-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£23.81 Matthew Clark

 

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