Wilhelm Walch Pinot Grigio 2014
Alto Adige, Italy
When we think of Italian wine country, we often think of the sun-baked Mediterranean coast, the verdant islands or the rolling hills of Tuscany. However, one of the finest and most highly respected wine regions of Italy is decidedly more mountainous, and considerably more Germanic than what immediately comes to mind. The Alpine region of Alto Adige is based in the foothills of the Alps, and this lush, green part of the country has been producing truly beautiful wines for hundreds of years. The winery of Wilhelm Walch is a great and traditional example of an Alto Adige winery, and for five generations and one hundred and fifty years it has helped shape the region and forge its reputation, while also bringing it into the twenty-first century. Run today by the latest generation of the Walch family, it now focuses on low-yields of exceptional quality, bringing a touch of Alpine class and freshness to the Italian wine market, and the rest of the world.
Wilhelm Walch, as the name suggests, is an Italian winery with a distinctly German feel. This is typical in Alto Adige, and results in crisp white wines with a complex minerality, such as those found in the best regions of Germany. But here, among the Dolomite mountains which shield the vineyards from the harsh northern winds, there is a distinctive Italian flair to proceedings which produces wines of real, distinctive character.
Banjo says: This is the second label from famous vigneron Elena Walch. The winery is based in the Alto Adige, on the southern side of the Alps, in northern Italy. The Alps protect the area from cold northern winds and ensures cool nights in the time leading up to grape harvest - very important to develop fine but complex whites! It is a 100% Pinot Grigio, taken from very mineral soils, full of limestone. Really expressive nose, full of yellow plum and apple, and delightfully floral. Long and harmonious palate, zesty and racy. Excellent stuff.
The grape type
The perfect wine for a summer's day. Chill it down and then pop the cork (well at least unscrew the cap these days) and enjoy the refreshing acidity and crisp taste of Pinot Gris.
To note: Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape with slightly different styles.... Gris is made slightly richer.
Fruit: White fruits like nectarines, apples and also lemons and limes.
Other flavours: Almonds, Honey, Ginger
Italian Pinot Grigio tend to be lighter than their French counterparts (known as Pinot Gris), and have softer fruit flavours. However, Alto Adige Pinot Grigio is typically very minerally, and this balance of stoney flavours alongside the peach and melon notes often found in these wines is something really quite special. To get the most out of these wines, pair them with white fish dishes, or even better, with antipasti made from squid and octopus.
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Recipe link: Grapefruit Prawn Stuffed Squid
Season matching: Summer
Mood matching: Always a winner
Taste matching: Light