Province of Bolzano
Owners: Mayr family
Winemaker: Josephus Mayr
Production: 65,000 bottles
Hectares under vine: 8
Josephus is the tenth generation Mayr to run this family winery, established in 1629 and located at the mouth of the Eisack valley in Bolzano. The Südtirol, as the region is called in German (the main language spoken), has developed a reputation for great aromatic white wines, although the majority of plantings are red varieties. Lagrein, related to neighbouring Trentino’s Marzemino and Teroldego, is the main red grape, excelling in the warm climate of the Bolzano basin where the porphyritic mineral rich soil warms easily in the spring and permits ideal drainage. The vineyards are planted to a modified pergola system to benefit from the breezes (both Continental and Mediterranean) that run through the valley and, even at this alpine latitude, it is warm enough to grow figs, olives and citrus fruit.
Josephus is a quietly spoken and gentle man who thinks deeply about his role in carrying the family tradition and the wines he makes. Together with his wife Barbara, they craft outstanding Lagrein in several styles, from Kretzer (Rosato) through to an Amarone-inspired version, Lamarein, of which he makes a few barrels. Lagrein is an appealing, approachable variety that combines the colour and depth of Syrah with alpine freshness and minerality. However, the drawback to the wines of the region is that very little leaves the Südtirol and finding the wines in other parts of Italy, let alone receiving an allocation for Australia, is hard enough.
Lagrein Riserva is inky purple, concentrated without being heavy and showing plum, chocolate and tobacco with a little spice and refreshing acidity. With age, the youthful fruitiness gives way to more earthy notes that make it incredibly versatile with food.
Lagrein Riserva DOC