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Alois Lageder Bla XVI
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Alois Lageder Bla XVI 2015

Trentino- Alto-Adige, ItalySouth Tyrol had a wealth of indigenous grape varieties, such as Blatterle a grape that is released from time to time under the Lageder Comet series. Most of these varietals have been long forgotten but with climate change and uncertain weather patterns some of these ancestral varieties that have lived for centuries in the region are being rediscovered and reimagined. Today at Lageder they are being released in small lots at Lageder to test the waters of modern wine drinkers. BLA∙XVI is getting just such a chance using traditional maceration techniques with whole grapes followed by a spontaneous, indigenous yeast fermentation. The grapes are grown over a deep ancient seabed sitting at 280 meters above sea level. The fermentation takes place over 5 weeks with whole grape processing in the stainless-steel tank before spending 19 months on its lees in used barriques. Very little sulphur is used during fermentation and none at bottling. The tone is medium light, the fruit is red and earthy. A kinder, gentler, clean wine from a different time.Tasted: 29 September 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 69.99 estimated retail price Producer: Alois LagederDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Lagrein