Nusserhof 'Blatterle' 2018
Notes: Elda & Heinrich Mayr are the latest generation of their family to work this land, where the records date back to at least 1788. The Nusserhof gets its name from the walnut trees that once lined the house on the river side. Not so long ago they were torn out to put in a municipal bike path. This is typical of the recent history of Nusserhof. As the years have gone by, the urban environs of the city of Bolzano have continually encroached the estate And the city has systematically made it harder and harder for the Mayrs to continue their farming. In fact, it is believed that the only reason the estate is still in existence is due to the fact that one of Heinrich’s relatives was an early opponent of the Nazi occupation and died as a Catholic martyr and conscientious objecter in a concentration camp. On their 2.5 hectares surrounding the house, the Mayrs cultivate Lagrein and Blatterle two native grapes of the region. There is also a tiny bit of Teroldego planted.
The viticulture is organic certified by the German agency Bioland.
Blatterle, an old white varietal indigenous to the area, has nearly become extinct. The grapes are golden and oval shaped – the name itself means “little leaf” in German. At one time the grape was used to produce either sweet must (to be served with roast chestnuts), or a light white wine for quaffing. The Mayrs produce a more serious wine by reducing yields and soft pressing of the grapes. It’s a wine that is very mouthfilling and easy. There is also a briny salinity to it.