Pinot Nero `Schweizer`

Alto-Adige

Franz Haas

The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of...

Bolzano in the Alto Adige for generations. However, it is only with Franz, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim before working as a broker of Italian wines into the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business. Franz Haas goes to tremendous lengths to grow good grapes and then strives to preserve the flavours of the fruit during winemaking. As a result, the wines that he produces are infused with great character and show a rare purity and balance on the palate.

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Vineyards

Franz Haas' Pinot Nero grows on the hills of Mazzon, Pinzano, Gleno and Montagna in areas that are carefully selected for their micro-climate. Over the years they have proved to be ideal for the production of this great wine. The individual vineyards are situated at altitudes varying between 350-700m, including a great variety of soils. In fact, muddy soils can be found next to completely different materials such as sand, chalk and gravel. Thanks to the density of planting, between 8,000-12,000 vines per hectare, the grapes produced are of the highest quality. The selection of very low yielding clones also contributes to stable and continuous quality development over the years.

Vintage Information

In general the 2014 vintage was wet and rainy. However, for Franz Haas this was not too much of an issue as their grapes are sourced mainly from high altitude vineyards. This delays ripening up to four weeks, and in October the weather was much better and more consistent. The grapes were healthy and of excellent quality, making 2014 a very good vintage.

Vinification

The winemaking process for the grapes takes place in open top vats. During fermentation the must stays in contact with the grape skins through frequent cap punch-downs and pump-overs. These techniques allowed for maximum colour and fragrance extraction from the skins. At the end of the fermentation, the wine is transferred from stainless steel into barriques for malolactic fermentation over a period of 12-15 months. After bottling, the wine ages for about one year in bottle.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red in colour, this wine has a seductive bouquet with complex aromas of mixed berries, cherries and spicy notes of pepper and leather. On the palate, the wine is elegant and subtle with soft but mouth-filling tannins. A fine structure gives great length and promises good cellaring potential.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Alto-Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige
Winemaker Franz Haas
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.4g/l
Residual Sugar 1g/l
Wine pH 3.65