Pinot Nero DOC

Seven generations of winemaking and a long family tradition resonates in the wines, even through the name. Founded in 1880 by Franz Haas, the winery has been passed down from father to eldest son (all of them named Franz Haas) for generations. The current owner Franziskus has also named his son Franz – that’s how seriously the Haas family takes continuity and heritage. Franziskus’ main goal as a winemaker is to express the character, typicity, and longevity of the unique Alto Adige area – the bilingual, Italian/German province of Bolzano in the northeastern region of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Franz Haas is well known for dubbing Pinot Nero, “the white among red.” It is also well known that Pinot Nero does very well in this area of Europe, as delicate and sensitive as it may be. The grapes are grown in a few different hillside vineyards that start at 350 meters (1,150 feet) and go up. Harvest in fact is gradual starting in early fall in the lower vineyards, continuing in the higher vineyards as they reach peak ripeness. During fermentation the grapes macerate quite a bit to extract color and fragrance. After, the wine ages in barrique for about a year and then a few months in bottle. A lovely nose of berries and sweet spices and even a hint of forest floor. Excellent with fish! But also with meaty dishes.


Wine exported to

Canada

Grape Varieties:

100% Pinot Nero

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Type of yeast:

Selected

Maceration technique:

Pumpovers and punchdowns

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Barrique

Container size:

228 L

Container age:

20% new, 80% used

Type of oak:

French

Aging before bottling:

12 months

Aging in bottle:

6 months

Closure:

Screw cap

Organic:

No

Vineyard location:

Mazzon, Pinzano, Gleno, Montagna, Alto Adige

Soil composition:

Gravel, sand and chalk

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

350-700 meters (1,150-2,300 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

6,000-10,000 vines per hectare

Yield:

40 hL per hectare

Exposure:

Various

Years planted:

1987, 2015

Time of harvest:

Late September to Early October

Total yearly production (in bottles):

90,000

Tasting notes:

The color can go from a light ruby to an intense ruby red according to the vintage. The bouquet opens with notes of black cherries, raspberries, marzipan, plum jam, cloves and cinnamon. Aromas of underbrush are also noticeable. The wine is fresh and lively on the palate, bolstered by elegant tannins, which make it harmonious and round and guarantee a noticeable sense of pleasantness while drinking.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16 -18 °C (57.2 - 60.8 °F).

Food pairings:

Goes well with light fish dishes, roasted wild game and red meat.

Aging potential:

5 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont. 13% by vol.

Winemaker:

Franziskus Haas