Has been some time since my last Tenute Loacker review. I need more days per week to try all these wines that I want to try.. This time it’s a wine from their South Tyrolean Schwarhof estate. Namely a 2009 vintage Gran Lareyn Lagrein. A red wine classified as Alto Adige DOC.
The name of this wine is rather confusing to me and I feel cheated. Lagrein is the name of a variety from South Tyrol and with the wine being named Gran Lareyn Lagrein I assumed that I was going to drink a Lagrein. Well I was not.
Gran Lareyn Lagrein is according to their website, a blend of
97% Schiava and 3% Lagrein grapes 100% Lagrein grapes. Now you see why I feel cheated. I drank almost pure Schiava. Now Schiava is not a bad grape but when the bottle says in bold Lagrein then I expect pure Lagrein or wine with a high percentage of Lagrein grapes. The bottle label does not indicate anything that there is anything else but Lagrein in this wine. It should be noted that when I drank the wine I was unaware that the wine was not a Lagrein but mostly Schiava. I found this out afterwards.
Neither the bottle nor the website indicate whether the wine aged in oak (and in which type of oak) and for how long.
After pouring a glass I noticed a purple red color. There were aromas of blackcurrant, oak & even more oak, vanilla and Alpine flowers.
Alcohol by volume was listed at 13.5%. On the palate Gran Lareyn was very acid. Not a lot of flavors but some black fruits again. The wine has a rather small body and is not too complex. Nevertheless the wine has a long finish which is dominated by the wine’s acidity.
Tenute Loacker’s Gran Lareyn Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2009 retails for around 16.50€. I’m just disappointed because I feel cheated but also because the wine did not deliver for it’s price. One of the few Loacker wines I won’t buy again. Since I’ve visited their estates before and talked to one of the Loacker brothers on a few occasions I wrote them an email about the “grape issue”. Really looking forward to their answer. The wine is not recommended. This wine reminds me of a conversation I had with Oliver from thewinegetter where we talked about organic food. The Gran Lareyn is a exactly one of these cases where an organic product tasted not very good. While I’m often trying to go for organic food “the taste […] should be the key”! If you haven’t checked out his blog yet then make sure you will – especially if you like Rieslings!
Tenute Loacker replied to my email and informed me that the information on their website is incorrect and that the wine is produced with 100% Lagrein grapes. They are very sorry about this.