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Lagrein is a red wine grape variety native to the mountainsides and valleys of northern Italy. Along with Marzemino, it is a descendent of Teroldigo (and distantly related to Shiraz and Pinot Noir).
The variety is known both as a generous yielding one, and also for its versatility in the winery, producing three styles of wine – a dark red, a fragrant rosé style, and a light Pinot Noir-like ‘leggero’ style. We have made all three styles and various times at di Lusso Estate.
2013 was an excellent year for reds at di Lusso. The fruit was harvested at close to 14 Baume in late March, crushed and fermented in an open vat. The temperature was allowed to remain at around 30 degrees. The wine was then pressed from skins and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Maturation was managed in puncheons – including a limited time in new French oak.
The wine was blended, fined and underwent a light filtering prior to bottling in February 2015.
The wine is a very deep ruby in colour, with purple hues. It has aromas of raspberries and blackberries, with spicy elements of cinnamon or nutmeg.
On the palate, the wine is somewhat lighter than anticipated – slightly ‘rustic, with the energetic acidity of a good food wine. The flavours are more of raspberry and cranberry, with a leathery mushroom feel.
This is a wine that should mature well in the bottle for over ten years, providing an excellent match for rich meat stews and casseroles, or aged hard cheeses.
TA 6.1 g/L