Trentino, in Northern Italy, is about as picturesque a wine region as you can imagine, with steep mountain slopes lined with terraced vineyards, high above the valley floor. Blessed with a climate of warm days and cool nights and with a distinct alpine influence, the region produces some of Italy's finest aromatic whites and elegant, complex reds.
Bottega Vinai's Müller Thurgau comes from higher-altitude mountainside vineyards; distinct sites with different soil types that add complexity to the final wine. If you're new to Müller Thurgau, this is a fantastic introduction to what quality-minded producers can accomplish with the grape. It's a crossing of Riesling and a grape called Madeleine Royale that was created by Swiss botanist Hermann Müller in 1882, and for much of its life, it was used for fairly nondescript whites. Renewed interest, however, has shown that in the right hands and grown in the right sites, it can produce delicious, exciting wines. Enjoy Bottega Vinai's example at a well-chilled 8 C over the next year.
The nose is highly complex, with distinct notes of key lime, orange peel, and grapefruit, along with sweeter notes of peach and pear. A floral component reminiscent of acacia lingers in the background, along with hints of slate or wet stone.
Full flavoured and juicy on the palate, with bright acidity that echoes the citrus aromas from the nose. Despite all the complex flavours and aromas, the overall impression is pure, refreshing deliciousness! The finish is long and dry, and we're willing to bet this bottle will disappear faster than you'd think. It's a perfect aperitif wine that has us dreaming of warm spring days.
Cut the rich creaminess of asparagus risotto or cauliflower mac & cheese with the snappy acidity of this Müller Thurgau, or match the bright citrusy flavours with aromatic Thai curries.