WEINGUT NIKLAS, Kaltern
The Niklas winery is located in the St Nikolaus region, 570m above sea level at the foot of the Mendel mountain range. The location is tranquil surrounded by vineyards with a wonderful view of the Dolomites, the upper Etsch river valley and Lake Kaltern. Such altitude always gives a backbone of acidity and freshness to the wines. Dieter Soelva is a young winemaker, graduate at the famous San Michele School of oenology and he is gradually taking over the reins of the estate
from his father.
The dark rubis red coloured Lagrein has a clean, upfront fruit character – dark berries, savoury plum – with toffee and smokey bacon hints. The palate is intensely flavoured and persistent, and the flavours found on the nose are balanced by a juicy acidity. Gorgeous and different. Best served on the cool side. This works very well with venison and dark meats.
“Ripe damson preserves and black currant notes mix with hints of creamy licorice snap, smoke, graphite and espresso in this somewhat burly red. Fresh and lively, with a beefy note on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2017. Wine Spectator: 90 points.