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

Winner Details

North-East - White
(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 25 wines

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

Tenuta Stella, Malvasia, Collio 2018, Friulia-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

'An intensely scented wine, with dried yellow fruits, flowers and alpine herbs along with some oak. On the palate it's round, with a lingering white pepper note throughout, and a long finish.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone. 'Textured, weighty and voluptuous, with honey, melon and lemon notes.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House. 'A great, complex wine with ripe yellow fruit notes.' Lionel Periner, team leader.

£15.95 Eurowines

Tenuta Stella, Ribolla Gialla, Collio 2018, Friulia-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

'A dry and textural wine with notes of bitter almonds, as well as some stony, mineral flavours.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group. 'Creamy at first, with some ripe yellow fruit and a hint of raw almond, and a palate that's light, with a great finish.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'Complex and creamy on the nose, but with bracing freshness on the palate.' Deniz Bayram, Novel Wines.

£14.35 Eurowines

Franz Haas, Manna, Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2018, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

'This is very grassy on the nose, leading to a palate that's filled with vibrant, lip-smacking citrus acidity, as well as being salty with river stones too. There's some ripe white nectarines on the finish.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group. 'The quality of the fruit shines through here, with lees contact and a touch of oxidation adding depth and complexity.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone.

£19.80 Liberty Wines

Mezzacorona, Castel Pietra, Pinot Grigio 2019, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Juicy, fresh and easy-drinking, with lovely pithiness, and peach and marzipan notes. Good value for money too.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader. 'Zesty, with a creamy, flinty profile on the nose, and a rounded, slightly oily texture with lemon sherbert flavours.' Charlie Carter, L' Atelier Du Vin. 'Very aromatic and fresh - perfect by the glass on a pub terrace.' Aurore Anguenot, Aviary.

£6.43 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Collavini, Broy, Bianco Collio 2017, Friulia-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

'The terroir is present and rocking here. This is mature on the nose and powerful on the palate, with pineapple and clotted cream deliciousness, crunchy acidity and a lingering spiced finish.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone. 'An interesting wine with tropical notes on the palate alongside juicy acidity and some grapefruit pithiness on the finish.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group.

£26.03 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Sauvignon 2018, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Elegant and enticing, with an appealing core of fruit entwined harmoniously with oak and lees flavour. Ready now but also ageworthy.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone. 'Powerful, mineral and inviting, with notes of black pepper and celery salt on the nose, and a palate that's spicy, with attractive lemon citrus.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group.

£24.25 Eurowines

Jermann, Vinnae, Ribolla Gialla 2018, Friulia-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

'A great wine with some confit citrus, and a palate that's elegant, with a creamy texture.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'Pure and precise, there's great concentration and acidity in balance, with fruit singing through clearly. A good representation of the region, with purity.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone.

£19.14 Enotria&Coe

Cantina Salorno, Tolloy, Pinot Grigio 2019, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

'A very aromatic wine displaying honeysuckle and peach blossom notes, and some refreshing acidity that's not astringent.' Aurore Anguenot, Aviary. 'Chalky and mineral, with pebbles, citrus and nectarine notes. This is dry and crisp, mineral and pure, with lovely peach fruit and a long, refreshing finish.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

£12.00 Hayward Bros

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Grigio 2019, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Creamy, with citrus and flinty mineral aromas, and a crisp and fresh palate with citrus at the fore, and flint coming through more on the back palate. Flavours mingle nicely on the finish.' Charlie Carter, L' Atelier Du Vin. 'Floral and perfumed, with citrus pith, leading to crisp acidity and lovely fruit on the juicy, fresh palate.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

£7.90 Boutinot

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

Silver medal winner

'There's nice complexity here, with some ripe yellow fruit and a refreshing finish.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'This has some smoky notes integrated well with apple, lemon and a hint of peach.' Chiara Sieni, MM Grocery. 'Hints of blossom, ripe fruits and some honeyed elements.' Tom Forrest, team leader.

£13.35 Boutinot

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Bianco 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'This is honeyed, with some dairy notes on the nose, and a palate that's rich, with lots of layers, from some zesty lemon to white peach - very balanced, with great structure.' Chiara Sieni, MM Grocery. 'A very tart style, with notes of apples and quince.' Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House.

£23.65 Eurowines

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Grigio 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A beautiful smoky nose with a creamy buttery texture from the oak. Beautiful and balanced, with a long finish.' Nelio Pinto, Candlesticks. 'Very broad, with big toast, yellow plum and fresh grape notes. An incisive wine that's very juicy, mineral, fresh and complex.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

£23.65 Eurowines

San Michele Appiano, Lahn, Sauvignon 2018, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Great freshness here, with a hint of lemon and a white pepper finish.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'Floral lifted freshness, with good acidity and balance, as well as great length.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. 'A grassy, herbaceous nose, leading to very bright acidity and some pithy citrus.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group.

£14.25 Eurowines

Tenuta Stella, Friulano, Collio 2018, Friulia-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Very intriguing, with lime, lemon, white pepper and a savoury character.' Deniz Bayram, Novel Wines. 'Grassy, with lemon citrus and a rounded, silky texture on the palate, good length and a bitter-lemon finish.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group.

£14.35 Eurowines

Mezzacorona, Terre del Noce, Chardonnay 2019, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A light and lemon-fresh wine with crisp green apples and pears, and some stony mineral notes.' Tom Forrest, team leader. 'Pears and apples, along with some floral aromatics.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. 'A good mineral texture with sweet melon and candied lemon.' Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House.

£6.43 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cavit, Terrazze della Luna, Pinot Grigio 2019, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Very bright, with pear drop and melon - this is crisp, lively and crystalline. Well-made and even more appealing for the price.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'Fresh nectarine notes with some rich, oily lemon peel, some green apple and white spices, leading to a crisp finish.' Andre Luís Martins, team leader.

£6.60 Boutinot

Tramin, Stoan 2018, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Little hints of chalk at first, and white flowers, keeping it delicate but with plenty of interest.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House. 'Ripe red apples and some lemon, with honey notes and hints of minerals and an almond nuttiness. Great length and finish.' Tom Forrest, team leader.

£19.96 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Ponte del Diavolo, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Friulia-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.10 Liberty Wines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio 2019, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

Alois Lageder, Forra Manzoni, Bianco 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£18.88 Bibendum

Alois Lageder, Chardonnay 2018, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.00 Bibendum

Mezzacorona, Terre del Noce, Pinot Grigio 2019, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Bastianich, Vigne Orsone, Ribolla Gialla 2018, Friulia-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.18 Bibendum

 

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