Franz Haas Pinot Grigio

Franz Haas Pinot Grigio

Top quality, high altitude Pinot Grigio.


Country, Region
Italy, Alto-Adige
Pinot Grigio

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Tasting Notes

This Pinot Grigio is intense straw-yellow in colour, with a fragrant
floral bouquet of sage, hay, almonds and sandalwood. After some
time in the bottle, notes of honey and lime blossom develop. On
the palate, it is fresh and medium bodied with great finesse and

Producer details

The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the
province of Bolzano in the Alto Adige for generations. However, it
is only with Franz, the current proprietor, that they have begun to
produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim
before working as a broker of Italian wines into the German
market. After several years, he took over the running of the family
business. Franz Haas goes to tremendous lengths to grow good
grapes and then strives to preserve the flavours of the fruit during
winemaking. As a result, the wines that he produces are infused
with great character and show a rare purity and balance on the

In the vineyard

The grapes for this wine were grown in hillside vineyards on the mid
to high slopes around the village of Montagna, with south to south
-west exposure. The vines are 15 years old and Guyot trained.The
soil is very rich and deep, with a high content of silt and clay due
to the erosion of the mountain slopes above. Yields are 70
hectolitres per hectare. 2010 was the first year that fruit was
included from their higher altitude vineyards (750-900 metres
above sea level). These vineyards, which were 'experimental'
when Franz first planted them, because of a law prohibiting
plantings at such an altitude, are now legal since the law
changed in 2010. Franz feels that the lower yields and longer
growing season at such altitudes gives wines of greater complexity
and intensity.

In the winery

Grapes were hand picked and selected in the vineyards.
Fermentation took place at controlled temperature almost
exclusively in stainless steel tanks, with a small quantity in
barrique.The wine aged for about four months on its lees,
separately, as during the fermentation process, to add complexity
and give the wine a fuller body. Finally the Pinot Grigio remains
three to four months in bottle before release.

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