Girlan Alto Adige Pinot Bianco 2016
SPECIAL DOZEN BUY! Zesty white from Northern Italy’s spectacular Alto Adige.
Girlan is one of the finest ‘grower collectives’ in Northern Italy’s spectacular Alto Adige, a stone’s throw from the Austrian and Swiss borders and encircled by the saw-toothed Dolomite Mountains, producing exemplary whites and reds. They have long encouraged their growers to focus on those varieties that best suit their soils, aspects and altitudes and they have led the way in single ‘commune’ and single vineyard wines. Girlan was also one of the first collectives in Alto Adige to pay its growers according to the quality of their fruit and apply strict controls on yields.
It is important to understand the central role that collective wine growing has had in Alto Adige. For a multitude of reasons including: geographic isolation, mountainous topography and tiny average holdings, local growers have historically banded together to form co-operatives. Over 70% of the region’s wines are produced by such co-ops and a number, including Girlan, control a wonderful array of the region’s finest sites.
Girlan’s entry level Pinot Bianco comes from handpicked fruit grown on the mineral rich hillsides of Cornaiano, at altitudes ranging from 450 to 500 metres above sea level. At this level, the juice is simply tank fermented, with 10% going through malo to add some flesh to the wine’s zippy, Alpine bones. It’s a racy, pulpy, kaffir lime, apple, and spice scented quencher with lovely, pithy minerality and a zesty tang on the finish. Another genuine bargain from this over delivering outfit.
RRP $35 *SPECIAL DOZEN BUY only $26.99 when you buy 12 of this wine*
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Alto Adige, Italy
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