Franz Haas Schweizer Manna 2020
Franz Haas' Schweizer Manna is a very unique white wine that was first released in 1995 and named after his wife, Maria Luisa. This flagship cuvée of Haas is a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Kerner designed to age and pair well with food. Due to the different ripening periods all the grapes are harvested and processed separately. The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are fermented in barrique, whilst the Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Kerner ferment in steel tanks. Once fermentation is complete, the young wines are assembled to favour the combination and harmony of the different aromatic components. After a period of about ten months on the fine lees, the wine is bottled and further refined in the bottle for a few months. Golden yellow in the glass, this wine opens with a complex and layered bouquet full of elderflower, pistachios and rose petals. Soft and elegant, the palate is concentrated, with a mineral character, and a hint of herbs and passion fruit. Thanks to the high percentage of Riesling, it has considerable potential to age and will develop layers of honeyed, nutty complexity.