In a nutshell: A fresh and sophisticated Alpine wine from Northern Italy.
The lowdown: From the southern Tyrol/Alto Adige this Pinot Blanc, named Weissburgunder in the local area, is almost Alsatian in character with a delicate nose of jasmine, lychee, lime and pineapple that follows through onto an intense palate. A nice weight to the waxy body finished with a good length.
When to drink: Pair with a whole range of fish dishes.
Cantina Merano's slick, modern winery may recall a Bond villain's mountain lair, but what happens there undoubtedly brings greater joy to humanity than the Bond villain's nefarious schemes would have. Surrounded by terrifying steep vineyards, lovingly tended by hand, Merano produce wines with Alpine verve, minerality and a depth of fruit uncommon in Italy. It is easy to understand why Alto Adige wines - and Cantina Merano in particular - are some of the most sought after in Italy. Winemaker Stefan Kapfinger focuses on keeping crisp aromatics throughout his whites and a well balanced harmony of fruit and tannin in his full bodied reds.
There are few wineries that boast the spectacular setting of Cantine Merano, or Kellerei Meran as it's otherwise known in this largely German speaking part of northern Italy, nestled amongst the dolomite Alps of the südtirol with high- altitude vineyards, protected from the cold northern winds by a series of high peaks, the wide Adige valley basin centred on Merano is ideal for quality viticulture. The terroir, the mild climate, the porous residual soils with a high gravel content on the slopes and sandy material on the valley floor contribute to the beautifully fresh, fruity and crisp white and red wines.