Franz Haas Schweizer Manna 2020
Region: Alto-Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 40% Riesling 20% Chardonnay 15% Gewürztraminer 15% Kerner
10% Sauvignon Blanc
Notes: Vegetarian; Vegan
Golden yellow in the glass, this wine opens with a complex and layered bouquet full of elderflower, pistachios and rose petals. Soft and elegant, the palate is concentrated, with a mineral character, and a hint of herbs and passion fruit. Thanks to the high percentage of Rielsing, it has considerable potential to age and will develop layers of honeyed, nutty complexity.
The climate here is more continental than Mediterranean, with very hot summers and quite cold winters, as the weather is not moderated by any nearby water. In the summer, Bolzano is one of the hottest cities in Italy, despite being only 70 kilometres from the Austrian border, as the heat is trapped in the mountainous valley. The fruit is sourced from five vineyards located in the municipalities of Montagna, Egna, Aldino and Bressanone at altitudes ranging between 350 - 800 metres above sea level. The soils are quite different from one another in their composition and are a mixture of dolomitic, porphyric, sandy and marly, with south-western exposures. The grape varieties are harvested separately as they ripen at different times.
The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of Bolzano for generations. However, it was only with Franz, who died prematurely in 2022, that they began to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim in Germany before working as a broker of Italian wines in the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business.