Manincor – Sophie 2017 (89 TSW)
During my Alto Adige visit a couple of weeks ago we also visited the Manincor winery. The 50 hectares of Manincor vineyards lie on the slopes around the estate; some of them overlook the Caldaro lake. It’s a great winery with a beautiful cellar.
The grapes come half each from Terlan Lieben Aich and Kaltern Mazzon. Lieben Aich is a warm, west-facing slope at 300 m above sea level. Chardonnay and Sauvignon stand here on clay sandy soil, which is traversed by porphyry weathering stone. Southwest exposed to 350 - 400 m above sea level, with calcareous, loamy loess soil, this steep slope offers a very special microclimate.
The de-stemmed grapes remained for maceration four hours in the press to extract aroma and structure from the skins. The pressing process happens very slow and gentle, because finesse is their highest maxim. The fermentation took place in wooden barrels of various sizes, spontaneously with grape-yeasts. During the nine-month expansion on the fine yeast flavor and taste refined.
In order to make the most of the richness and complexity of this white wine, I advise you to decant the wine and serve it in large glasses.
Blend of Chardonnay 94%, Viognier 4% and a splash of Sauvignon Blanc.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright citrus yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of apricot, tropical fruits and apple with hints of vanilla and white flowers.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with soft and round mouthfeel, well integrated acidity and freshness. A long and chalky, mineral finish.
Goes well with: Shellfish and crustaceans, poultry and strong fish dishes; especially good with aromatic cheese.