Abbazia di Novacella St. Magdalener

St. Magdalener is a style of wine made using mainly the Sciava grape (it’s also called Vernatsch, but that’s not any easier to pronounce, is it?) plus a small dollop of another red grape: Lagrein. This is a stonkingly good, medium bodied red from north-eastern Italy. Full of bright cherry and delicate perfume and so lush on the tongue. Delicious now, but also a really cellar-worthy example.

Despite the “Saint” in the name, this is not a sacramental wine. It is, however, made by monks. In fact, it’s made by one of the oldest wineries in the world—the Abbey of Novacella–established in 1142. The Abbey also happens to be one of the most highly regarded wineries in Italy’s Alto Adige (or South Tyrol) region—the monks have had a lot of time to carefully perfect their craft. 

While South Tyrol is mostly known for it’s aromatic, fresh and concentrated white wines, St. Magdalener is a treasured red of the region. Typically, if the wine is being called St. Magdalener, the grapes are grown in or near the town of Bozen, and have more concentration and ripeness than area further south. These are elegant red wines with finesse and a good balance between acidity and tannins. The perfect sort of wine to carry you through any time of the year and to enjoy with a wide variety of flavours. From antipasti to hard, salty cheeses or mild blue cheeses, to charcuterie to veal or chicken. You’ll want to have this wine on hand the next few times you make dinner and just try it out with all the things! 

 

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About This Wine

Country
IT
Region
Trentino–Alto Adige
Appellation
Alto Adige/Südtirol
Type
Red
Varietal
Other
Soils
sandy alluvial gravel
Farming
Organic
Closure
Cork
Alcohol
13%
Pairing
Extremely versatile! Pairs well with everything from cheeses and charcuterie to light antipasti to duck, chicken and veal dishes