THE VINEYARD | Girlan's Pinot Nero grapes come from the highly-vocated Mazzon area, about 10 hectares featuring the best climate and soil for this variety. We are talking about Ganger, a small ‘monopole' located at 380 meters above sea level. Southwest exposure, slopes of 3-5% and a clay soil characterized by limestone substrate. The vinification of the Ganger Vineyard alone comes after years of experimentation and micro-vinification that started in 2008. The grapes - one-fifth is fermented whole cluster - are transferred by gravity to stainless steel tanks for 25-day fermentation. Once malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is aged for 20 months in barriques, and further aged in bottles for 18 months.
THE PEOPLE | The Girlan winery was founded in 1923 by 23 winemakers, who came together to value local viticulture in a historic 16th-century farmstead. Nearly a century after its founding, 200 are the families under the Girlan name that today grow the grapes in 220-hectare vineyards, among the most vocated in the Oltradige and Bassa Atesina area. The winegrowers are coordinated by oenologist Gerhard Kofler, who over the years has established a close relationship, in order to get the best grapes from each of them. Oscar Lorandi, on the other hand, holds the position of general manager.
THE WINE | Finesse, elegance and complexity can be perceived right from the nose, with hints of ripe yet crisp red fruit, particularly berries such as raspberry, currant and blackberry. There is no lack of a spicy, almost oriental touch, followed by earthy nuances of underbrush, bark and noble resins. The mouth gives structure (the hot vintage can be perceived, even if balanced), the alcohol lends softness and body, but everything is balanced to perfection by an acidic freshness, reminiscent of the lightness and gracefulness of Pinot Nero. Extremely elegant tannic texture, with a pleasant sensation that gives rhythm to the sip. Very long finish characterized by excellent sapidity and a return of the aromas.