June 2016 Selection

The small producers of Alto Adige

June 2016 Selection

Stachlburg Merlot 2012 (2 bottles)
Stroblhof Pigeno 2013 (2 bottles)
Taschlerhof Sylvaner 2014 (2 bottles)

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About this selection...

In the overall context of the Italian wine-producing scene, the South Tyrol, or Alto Adige, is a small region possessing unique conditions for vine cultivation. Here native and international varieties give the very best of themselves, thanks to the meticulous efforts of small wineries which show absolute respect for local typicity in their work.

A large part of this region's production is in the hands of some famous wineries well-known for their excellent work and the high quality of their wines. If the wines of Tramin, Cantina Terlano and San Michele Appiano are abundantly famous world-wide, here in Alto Adige too there's a good number of small wineries and producers operating on a small scale who, year after year, can count themselves among this region's best. Our selection for the month of June brings us into direct contact with these great little wineries.

Baron Sigmund von Kripp founded the Stachlburg winery in 1990, bringing it in line to comply with organic standards from 1998. The estate's Merlot which we're including in our selection is a fine example of the work done there, and is characterised by a perfect balance between its elegance and powerfulness.

Stroblhof is considered to be one of Alto Adige's most fortunate small wineries thanks to the excellent location of its vineyards and the passion shown by the owners in its management. The house's emblematic wine is this Pigeno, made using the Pinot Noir sourced from the winery's youngest vines.

Finally, the vigneron Peter Wachtler, who cultivates his winery's vineyards to the south of Bressanone with consummate care, and makes limited-production, fruit-forward, white wines which are distinctly mineral and extremely well-made.

A selection that reminds us once again that small production-runs can conceal untold treasures.

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Stachlburg Merlot 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Stachlburg Alto Adige, Italy Merlot

Bottle: £16.83 club members / £19.24 non-members


The Kripp family, owner of the Stachlburg winery, is dedicated to making wines in accordance with organic farming principles and presents highly commendable products using native and international varieties. Authenticity and respect for Nature are the precepts that matter to the winery which yearly produces around 30,000 bottles of very palatable wines, made exceedingly well and of premium quality.

The vineyards in which the winery's Merlot grows are located in Andriano, in the province of South Tyrol, at 300 metres above sea level, where the warm, dry climate and the gravelly soils rich in minerals offer the ideal characteristics for growing this well-regarded variety.

Matured for 18 months in Hungarian oak barrels, the winery produces about 3,000 bottles of its delicious Stachlburg Merlot. A wine appearing a consistent garnet-red colour, which reveals on the nose exuberant, rounded primary aromas of black fruits (blueberries, cherries, cassis) and plum conserve, on a refreshing balsamic background of herbs and liquorice. Completing its bouquet are some light spicy notes, hints of leather and coal, with the addition of refined oak whiffs. A complex and harmonious blend that counterbalances the sweetness of the ripe fruit with the bitter touch of its balsamic notes. It expresses itself elegantly on the palate, revealing fine tannins and a convincing freshness, a long and pleasant mouthful which reinforces the aromas we found on the nose.

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Stachlburg Merlot 2012
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Stroblhof Pigeno 2013 (2 bottles)

Red. Stroblhof Alto Adige, Italy Pinot Noir

Bottle: £16.54 club members / £18.80 non-members


Located in Appiano, in the far north of Italy, apart from being a modern hotel and restaurant, Stroblhof is also a winery which possesses 5 hectares of vineyards and produces around 40,000 bottles. At 500 metres above sea level, the Stroblhof vineyards enjoy excellent sun exposure and a particularly favourable microclimate experiencing warm days and cool nights. These characteristics, together with soils rich in limestone and cultivation carried out with all due respect to Nature, result in wines of the best possible quality.

Apart from respect for the land and tradition, Stroblhof reflects a personal and precise style which we can find in every bottle of Pigeno, a wine of remarkable balance and complexity. Made from Pinot Nero and vinified in large oak barrels, Pigeno triumphs on the nose with a fine, multi-faceted bouquet: aromas of red fruits, rose petals, moss, leather and delicate spicy notes. It flows smoothly on the palate, a fresh and pleasant drink which uncovers some very fine tannins and concludes with spicy hints. Definitely a good example of the refinement and expression the Pinot Nero is capable of delivering.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Stroblhof Pigeno 2013
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Taschlerhof Sylvaner 2014 (2 bottles)

White. Taschlerhof Alto Adige, Italy Sylvaner

Bottle: £11.74 club members / £13.34 non-members


Taschlerhof, which for a while was one of the estates supplying the neighbouring Novacella Abbey, is nowadays a charming little artisanal winery directed by Peter Wachtler, an expert winemaker who, in little more than a decade, has done an admirable job in charge of his company. With barely four hectares of vineyards that grow on the steep slopes of the Isarco Valley, Taschlerhof produces 5 varietal wines which are excellently made, obtained by Wachtler through meticulous care in the vineyard and phenomenal technical skill in the winery.

The Taschlerhof vineyards are located to the south of Bresanone, at 530 metres above sea level, and enjoy the best possible sun exposure and a particularly favourable microclimate, with considerable diurnal temperature differences which favour the aromatic development of the grapes. The vineyards, rooted in slatey soils, endow the Taschlerhof whites with a characteristic and intense minerality.

A greenish yellow colour, the Taschlerhof Sylvaner offers on the nose notes of exotic fruits, lemon, apple, ginger, alfalfa, hay and the distinctive minerality of bare rock. An intense and clean bouquet in which every aroma seems tailor-made with amazing precision. On the palate, the outstanding features are its juiciness and balance, its easy and satisfying drinkability, its lively minerality and that delightful flavour that lingers on in a lengthy finish.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Taschlerhof Sylvaner 2014
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