SOUTH TYROL: WEINGUT PLONERHOF – THE DREAM REALIZED OF ERHART TUTZER AND HERTA SCHAFER

It took a “Bolzanino doc” to stir things up in Marlengo, a pleasant town a few steps from Merano on the gateway to Val Venosta. I have always admired the industriousness of the inhabitants of these valleys and meeting Erhart Tutzer I could only confirm it. Yet Erhart’s story starts from afar, from the family business in the nursery field. A world that he has never been able to completely abandon, continuing as a wine producer the search for new strains, crossing different varieties by hand. After all, curiosity (not advertising) is the true soul of commerce: those who don’t have it don’t study and consequently don’t know how to interpret what nature shows them on a daily basis. We have already told of his oenological prowess in other articles for Vinodabere ai Links 1Links 2.

Erhart Tutzer

The soils of these areas, deriving from recent glaciations, are rich in sandy clays, granite, oak splinters and gneiss and allow the wines to best express a deeply mineral character. The environment plays a vital role and for this Weingut Plonerhof completely renounces to use herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Tutzer was also a co-founder and president of the association Marling wine culturecurrently made up of very few winegrowers in an area still linked to the cultivation of apple orchards.

In 2003 he took over the Ploner farm, finding many difficulties ahead of him, first of all restoring the battered terraces by planting grapes instead of apples. A tender madness conceived during a sleepless night, after realizing that it was possible to make the big leap: from rooted root producer to wine producer, and despite the initial perplexities of his wife who feared for the enormous further workload on the shoulders of the family . Any doubts have been dispelled, however, by the numerous awards that the products have obtained in international forums. The vines chosen are those dear to Alto Adige, from Sauvignon Blanc to Riesling passing through Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and the resistant Solaris. All that remains is to tell them to the test of the glass.

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Sauvignon Blanc 2021 – Extraordinary smoky notes from French memories. Followed in succession by yellow citrus fruits, Mediterranean herbs and rock salt. Sapidity will be the connecting thread that will metaphorically unite the various labels.

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Sauvignon Blanc Exclusive 2021 – “super selection” of the series we like to win easy. Only large casks from the vinification to the refinement with rest on the fine lees. Infinite elegance, blunt like a friend who slams the truth in your face no matter what. Almost tropical with sensations of orange blossoms, broom flowers and acacia in the first place. The rest glides like liquid velvet, an absolute masterpiece. Even more moving is the 2012, meditative with nuances of dried wildflowers and vibrant mineral nuances.

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Riesling 2020 – difficult to speak after the previous breed champion. Obviously the comparison doesn’t hold up, also because the purpose of this product is immediate pleasantness and joviality. Notes of hawthorn and chalky verve on the finish. From Riesling Renano in purity.

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Nörder Cuvée Blanc 2021 – the three most representative white berried grapes of Alto Adige in a single blend. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Renano and Pinot Blanc in identical parts. Very salty and appetizing from start to finish, it is gastronomic by its very nature.

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Solaris 2021 – developed as a resistant vine (the so-called Piwi), Erhart Tutzer strongly believes in the future of hybridizations and cultivates this specimen in Val Venosta at an altitude of 1000 meters. In the company he owns over 200 varieties between autochthonous and crossbreeds and a few days ago he obtained the registration in the German vine register of one of his creations: thearoma, whose validation for Italy will later be requested thanks to the EU treaties in force on agriculture. Returning to the wine, the herbaceous part currently prevails over the fruit, demonstrating the vehemence of youth to be tamed over time.

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Pinot Noir Exclusive Reserve 2018 – hot year for the entire area, which does not seem to affect the goodness of Pinot Noir in Marlengo. The only thing that could make one think of the greater heat is found inherent in the darker and denser than usual berries, but very satisfying. Brackish in closing, continuing in the elegant style of Weingut Plonerhof. Having fun pairing food…it’s just child’s play.

SOUTH TYROL: WEINGUT PLONERHOF – THE DREAM REALIZED OF ERHART TUTZER AND HERTA SCHAFER