Nusserhof Ty... Teroldego 2014
The Mayrs' ‘Ty….’ Rosso, like many of the Nusserhof wines, carries a somewhat cryptic moniker. In an effort to retain creative and stylistic control over the way they farm and vinify their wines, the Mayrs ‘declassify’ most all of their wines, instead opting for a generic Vino Rosso classification which doesn’t allow them to post grape variety nor vintage on the label. The ‘Ty…’ is a cheeky nod to Teroldego (occasionally misspelled ‘Tyroldego’) which happens to be the sole variety found in this bottle. Released only then the Mayrs feel the wine is at its zenith, the Ty… sees fermentation with native yeasts and up to 30% whole-clusters. Unlike Nusserhof's other reds, the Teroldego is aged in used Burgundian barriques instead of larger botti, but for a similar length as the others: at least 2.5 years in wood followed by many, many years in bottle before release. Demure and well developed, the Ty… is reticent to give away all her secrets within the first 30mins of popping the cork, though with time a subtle yet heady nose of cola, smoked meat, olive tapenade, blackberry liqueur, and iodine meld together in the glass. The palate offers a compact concentration of ripe, juicy blackcurrant, bell pepper, tomato stem, and mint tea, with round, cheek-puckering tannins providing necessary structural integrity.
Heinrich Mayr’s Nusserhof estate is located high in the South Tyrolean mountains of the Alto Adige, nestled amidst the rapidly expanding outer limits of the country’s northernmost regional hub, the city of Bolzano. Stewarded by both Heinrich and his wife Elda, the Mayrs’ family land existed for almost two centuries well beyond the outskirts of this previously quaint mountain town, though the explosion of growth that proceeded WWII has now seen the couple’s vineyards all but engulfed by ever encroaching development. And while this has no doubt impacted the family’s way of life (not to mention their stunning vistas of the nearby alps), the Mayrs have continued to stand tall in the face of urban and industrial sprawl to produce pure, singular, and unmistakable alpine-inflected wines. Organic farming and a decidedly low-tech, traditionalist approach in the cantina only further amplify the duo’s one-eyed focus on championing the Alto Adige’s native varieties.
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