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Founded in 1880, the Franz Haas winery is a family-owned property that has passed from father to first-born son, Franz Haas. Today, Franz Haas is the seventh generation to grow grapes on this beautiful estate, nestled at the foothills of the Alps. He continues to focus on the grape varieties which best express the wonderful character, varied microclimates and unique terroir of the Alto Adige.
Grapes for the Pinot Nero are grown on the slopes of Pinzano and Gleno in the Montagna area and in Mazzon in the municipality of Egna. The three different vineyard sites are all south-west facing and range from 350-1,150m in altitude. Soils are extremely varied within a tiny area, ranging from clay in one vineyard to sand, limestone or gravel in a neighbouring one. Density of planting is between 8,000-12,500 vines per hectare.
2015 was one of the hottest and driest vintages in recent years. Little rainfall combined with high temperatures meant yields were lower than previous years. Yet the grapes were clean and healthy resulting in a wine of good fruit purity and quality.
Fermentation took place in open top vats with a long maceration and frequent punching down of the cap and many pump overs. This enabled the right extraction of colour and fragrance from the skins. Ageing took place in a mixture of small oak barriques and medium sized ‘botti’ for over a year prior to bottling, followed by five to ten months in bottle before release.
The wine is ruby red in colour and the bouquet opens with notes of black cherries and raspberries, marzipan and plum jam, cloves and cinnamon, ending finally with some light earthy aromas. Fresh and lively on the palate, the wine is bolstered by elegant tannins which make it balanced and rounded.