2018 Manni Nössing
|Origin||Italy, Alto Adige|
The 2018 vintage is our third from Manni Nossing and this is another masterclass in power and finesse. There are only 25ha of Kerner, a cross between Riesling and Schiava Grosso in Italy and Manni is a shining light with this delicious variety. The 2018 is crystalline pure. Firm pear and a waft of tightly budded white flowers are at the core here with nice texture and a chablis-like weight. A delicious balance of drive and soft comforting texture, clever stuff and delicious drinking. L&S (Jan 2020)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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.
A case chock-full of sophisticated charmers from the length and breadth of Italy. From the high valleys of the Alto Adige near the Austrian border right down to the gleaming coast of Campania south of Naples.
Our Italian friends really know what’s important in life - and getting the food and wine 'right' is key! We've got half of that covered here with this delicious mix of whites. There is an unmistakable precision that runs through them all. These are wines fresh enough to drink as aperitivi - but with the bags of texture and complexity that make them all the perfect partner for the season's fare too. Saluti!
Six pairs of wines to accompany the recipes from some of our favourites chefs that we have shared on our blog during lockdown. Printed recipes, free delivery and an L&S corkscrew included. Plus we've also taken a further £10 off our usual discounted case price.
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