Franz Haas Pinot Grigio
Straw yellow in colour with perfumes of flowers and rich almonds as the wine develops. On the palate it is ripe and full-bodied with a lifted acidity from the high vineyards, lovely depth from the lees ageing.
The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of Bolzano in the Alto Adige for generations. It is only with Franz, however, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim in Germany 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.
The grapes for this wine are grown in vineyards on the midhill slopes of the village of Montagna. The soil is very rich and deep, with a high content of silt and clay due to the erosion of the mountain slopes above. Yields are 70hl per hectare.
Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by large oak casks, with no skin contact. The wine was left for a prolonged period sur lie to acquire fuller body and complexity. Maturation took place in stainless steel tanks followed by 3-4 months bottle ageing.