Weingut Abraham Upupa Orange Gewürztraminer 2017
Weingut Abraham is located in one of the most beautiful and unique parts of Italy, Alto Adige or Südtirol as some call it. For many years, it was part of the Austrian Empire and subsequently Austrian-Hungarian Empire but was annexed to Italy in 1919. So it is a real blend of the two cultures and this includes its wines. Martin and Marlies Abraham are one of the most exciting (yet lesser known) producers of the region. In 2011, they decided to redefine the small estate that Martin inherited from his family. They stopped selling to the local co-op and were determined to not only produce delicious, pure and transparent wines, but fully embrace an ecological approach to do so. Today, they work with 4 different varieties – Pinot Noir (Blauburgunder), Pinot Blanc, Gewürtztraminer and Schiava or Vernatsch, an indigenous variety. Their 2017 Upupa Orange is a wonderful expression of Gewürztraminer that any fan of aromatic varieties must try. Their version is vinified dry after having been macerated on its skin for 4 weeks, giving the wine a light orange colour. The result is an appealingly complex wine that embraces the flavours of this perfumed variety while remaining taut and salty. Such a unique beauty!
Robin says 'All of Weingut Abraham's wines are delicious, but I have a particular soft spot for the Upupa Orange. Sometimes Gewürztraminer can be a bit too rich or heady, but theirs is mineral, chiselled and salty. A small amount of Pinot Blanc adds even more lift and grace, while its gentle tannic edge enables it to pair with a number of different foods and occasions, even lighter meat dishes. Just fab.'
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