Color: Ruby red with a touch of garnet
Bouquet: Fruit character with notes of chocolate and vanilla
Flavor: Excellent body and tannic structure
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Wine maker notes
Lagrein, an indigenous varietal of Alto Adige, finds itself at home in the sandy soil of Larcherhof. A historic presence on the estate, most of the vines are over 70 years old. However, as new plantings are needed, Larcherhof has begun to make the conversion to the more favorable Guyot trellising for these valley vineyards. The vines are cared for by hand and the harvest is manual. Larcherhof employs sustainable practices in the field, extremely limiting the use of chemical treatments.
Pairs well with fowl, game, dark meat and aged cheeses
This historic estate has been in the possession of the Egger-Spogler family since 1893, but has a viticultural tradition that goes back centuries. Custodians of this land, the Spogler family has looked over the indigenous varietals on the estate for generations. While many vines are older, the average age of the vineyards is 70 years.
A library of native varietals, the majority of this 12 acre property is dedicated to Lagrein. Located in a valley between the mountains, the Lagrein flourishes in the warm, porphyric soils of the Larcherhof vineyards. In addition, several rare clones of Schiava call the estate home, including Klein-, Mitter-, Edel-, Tschaggele- and Grauvernatsch. Located in the classico St. Magdalener zone, Larcherhof crafts a distinct St. Magdalener wine, a category consider the “queen of Schiava.”
For years, Larcherhof sold its grapes to the local consorzio. It was only in 2008 that the Spogler family decided to being making their own estate production. The almost Mediterranean climate of the area is an ideal precondition for the cultivation of high quality red wines. Through ecological cultivation of the vines and yield reduction, grapes reach their optimal quality levels. Central to Larcherhof’s sustainable practice is the manual care and harvest of the grapes, as well as the extreme limitation of chemical treatments in the vineyard.
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