2016 Manni Nössing
|Origin||Italy, Alto Adige|
Sweet hay, hawthorn, white flowers, perfumed white peach juice. The palate is bright and juicy, slightly grippier than the Gruner, gently dusty ripe stone fruit, drier minerality, a really great food wine. Drinking range: 2017 - 2023 L&S (Apr 2017)
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Manni Nossing is one of Italy’s top winemakers and has been awarded Gambo Rosso's Tre Bicchieri on many occasions. In the high alpine Valle Isarco (Eisackthal) in the Alto Adige, he has crafted a top-notch, limpid, crystalline wine with length, mineral texture and great precision. There are only 25ha of Kerner, a cross between Riesling and Schiava Grosso, in Italy. (Part of Chablis alternatives: 30 fresh whites to try) Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 93 Decanter Magazine (Nov 2017)
Kerner's parentage is unexpected: it is a cross between Trollinger, a generally rather lacklustre black-skinned variety known as Schiava Grossa in Italy, and Riesling. It was bred by August Herold in southern Germany in 1929 and apparently named after Justinius Kerner, a 19th-century writer of drinking songs! Although it doesn't really taste like Riesling, Manni Nössing's version shows some of the finest qualities of that particular parent, notably purity, intensity and finesse, though the acidity is a little less piercing. Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2009)
As Ian d'Agata writes: 'Manni Nössing is one of Italy’s most talented winemakers. In fact, all his wines are so good that it’s virtually impossible to pick the best of the lot, or even a favourite.'
We could not agree more. Manni is a charming, unassuming man crafting simply outstanding wines in this beautiful corner of north eastern Italy. The Eisackthal Valley (German Name) or Valle Isarcois (as its known in Italian) is a small tract of the Alto Adige that feels deeply Alpine, Germanic even - it is a mesmorising scenery, completely breathtaking to be in. Beautifully mountainous with green high-pastures, craggy clifftops adorned with isolated monasteries and small patches of vines, neatly ordered and hugging the slopes in small patches, dotted throughout the valley. There is a coming together of cultures here - in the school in Bressanone the first language is German and all the signs are written in both languages. Yet the wines here have a lovely, northern Italian purity. A limpid, crystalline quality. Bright, pure and yet with sensational texture and depth.
The DOC is small - running the length of the valley, just 40 km and made up of nearly 400 hectares under vine. Only white varieties are currently permitted, with Sylvaner, Kerner and Riesling featuring widely. Manni Nossing is farming just 6 hectares and is at the forefront of a new generation of winemakers - who's families historically sold their fruit to the big producers like Abbazia di Novacella, but now make their own wines. Since 2000 Manni has bottled his own wines and is fanatical about expressing the freshness of the terroir and is determined to make wines with huge drinkability - he finds it sad that some people are still trying to make fuller, more 'silicon coated' wines here - 'non per me grazie!'
These are fascinating, powerfully driven wines chiselled and focused - simply so moreish. Hand-crafted artisan winemaking with huge appeal we cannot recommend these wines highly enough.
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