Weingut Niklas Sudtiroler Lagrein 2007
The Niklaserhof winery is located in the St Nikolaus region 570m above sea level at the foot of the Mendel mountain range. The location is tranquil surrounded by vineyards with a wonderful view of the Dolomites, the upper Etsch river valley and Lake Kaltern. The Lagrein is vivid ruby red with intense aromas of red berries, grass and sweet violets. A light wine worth serving on the fresh side.
A lovely expression of this unusual variety, with typically forward black cherry flavours, zippy, food-friendly acid, creamy malolactic and vanilla oak notes, meaty (but not aggressive) tannins, and a sour oiliness that reminds me in one mouthful of a young northern Rhône syrah and in another of an NZ pinot noir. Very enjoyable.