St. Michael-Eppan

Pinot Grigio Anger – 2020

Region: Italy - Alto Adige

St. Michael-Eppan

The innovative winery situated along the Wine Route, is considered one of the best wineries in South Tyrol and Italy. St. Michael Eppan Winery, with its 355 members, 350 hectares of vineyard and 2.5 million bottles sold every year, has become renowned worldwide. The “Sanct Valentin“ label alone is enough to thrill wine lovers and connoisseurs.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Depending on the soil and microclimate, Pinot Gris varies from a simple everyday wine all the way up to absolute top growths. The warm, sun-exposed vineyards of the Anger sites, with their loamy limestone gravel soils, are a textbook example. The Anger Alto Adige Pinot Grigio has a noble structure, nice balance and fine acidity – making it an absolute pleasure to drink.

  • Sites: various vineyards near the village center of St. Michael
  • Altitude: 400 – 430 meters
  • Exposure: South, Southeast
  • Soils: limestone gravel
  • Vine Training System: Guyot
  • Vine age: 10 – 30 years
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in mid-September
  • Berries selected by hand
  • Fermentation and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 70% of wine, 30% in oak barrels
  • Wines blended in March
Winemaker's Notes

Pale yellow color with a slightly green shimmer. Notes of ripe pear and honeydew melon on the nose. A creamy taste and mouthfeel. This strong white of the Alto Adige goes well with fish and fish soup, guinea fowl breast or veal fillet.

Wine Summary

100% Pinot Gris; alcohol: 14%; soils: limestone gravel; altitude: 400 – 430 meters; vine age 10 – 30 years; hand harvested with berries hand selected in mid-September; fermented in 70% stainless steel, 30% oak barrels; full malolactic fermentation; bottled in March.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Gris (formerly Rülander) grapes
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Total Acidity: 5.25 g/l
  • pH: 3.24
  • Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/l
  • Yield: 60 hl/ha

Reviews

92 Points

Lovely melon and baking-spice on the nose. Good depth on the fullish body with some textural complexity and structure and good structure that should enable this pinot grigio to drink well with a few years of bottle age. Drink or hold.

jamessuckling.com, May, 2021

92 Points

Arriving in a pretty bottle with an angel on the front, the 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio Anger also offers great value for this level of winemaking. In this expression, the wine is more fruit-driven with peach and pear than it is grassy or citrusy. It leans toward yellow fruits in general. It could be the appetizer Pinot Grigio you’d serve with a dozen raw oysters. 2021 – 2023

© Wine Advocate, September, 2021

92 Points

EDITORS’ CHOICE

Enticing aromas of Alpine herbs, white spring flowers and orchard fruits shape the inviting nose on this fantastic Pinot Grigio. Savory and full-bodied, the creamy palate features yellow pear, honeydew and a hint of spice for a saline finish. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced.

Wine Enthusiast, October, 2021

General Info

Country Italy
Region Alto Adige
Appellation(s) Alto Adige
Proprietors 350 growers
Founded 1907
Winemaker Hans Terzer
Annual Production 40,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable, organic, biodynamic