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Producer: Cantina TraminGrape Varieties: 100% LagreinOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Smooth rounded redAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Country: Italian
Cantina Tramin was founded in 1898 and has 310 member winegrowers who follow its strict directives on the cultivation of the vines. The vineyards are an integral part of the enchanting and picturesque landscape of the Alto-Adige region of Northern Italy and cover 260 hectares situated on the sunny slopes of the region at altitudes ranging from 250 to 850 metres above sea level. In 2011, Cantina Tramin gained the "Double Stella" award. This is given to a winery for achieving the prestigious "3 Bicchieri" 20 times and is awarded by the Gambero Rosso.
Bud-break took place slightly later than usual, but high temperatures and humidity precipitated flowering. From mid-June the weather was hot and dry; and the vines benefitted from slight water stress. Intense rainfall shortly before harvest was beneficial for the vines, enabling the grapes to reach the final stages of maturity without reaching drought stress. Harvest took place under ideal conditions; the whites are elegant with delicate acidity and the reds are full-bodied with powerful tannins.
Südtirol/Alto Adige is the dynamic winegrowing region at the northern end of Italy that combines a brisk Alpine climate, mountain viticulture and complex geology with the brilliance of Mediterranean sunshine. At Cantina Tramin the vineyards are cared for by the many hands of the 300 small growers whose heritage it is to coax the best out of their grapes, culminating in wines which reflect the uniqueness of the area. The vines for this wine are trained according to Pergola and Guyot systems on southwestern facing slopes. They yield 75 hectolitres per hectare. The vineyard soil is made up of clay, calcareous gravel and sand.
The grapes were destemmed and fermented at 28 to 30°C in stainless steel and cement vats where malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was aged for a minimum of six months in cement vats and oak barrels of different dimensions.
Made from an indigenous grape variety from the Alto Adige. The wine boasts a beautiful bouquet of violets and blackberries with hints of cherries and subtle earthy notes. Velvety textured on the palate with raspberry, dark cherry, dark chocolate, liquorice and spice underpinned by a powerful structure and a long finish.
This wine pairs extremely well with roasted game, pork or lamb, and flavoursome cheese.
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