Franz Haas Manna Schweizer 2018 is a unique wine that Franz has dedicated to Maria Luisa; first released in 1995, it is a cuvée of Riesling and Chardonnay, a part of Gewürztraminer and a small percentage of Sauvignon Blanc; starting with the vintage of 2013, Kerner has been added by decreasing the percentages of Riesling and Gewürztraminer. The vines of the five vineyards are located at an altitude between 350 and 800 meters above sea level. The soils are very different from each other and are of dolomite, porphyry, sandy and marble origin, facing southwest.
Grapes are harvested and processed separately, due to different maturation periods. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are fermented in barrique, while Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Kerner are left to ferment in stainless steel tanks. At the end of the fermentation, the young wines are assembled to favor the combination and harmonization of the various aromatic components. After ten months of aging the wine is bottled and further refined for a few months.
In its youth, the wine has yellow-golden notes, and after a few years of evolving, intense golden tones appear. Thanks to its special characteristics Manna seduces with a complex and stratified bouquet that suggests notes of elderflowers, pistachios and rose petals. It strikes with its complexity and concentration combined with a soft elegance and a mineral structure. Manna is a versatile wine, always transforming, the different grape varieties give this wine different notes and the high percentage of Riesling contributes to keeping it alive over the years.
The Manna shows its best in combination with noble and precious dishes. It is fascinating the way the wine adapts to different dishes, especially of the Japanese cuisine, like sushi and sashimi; it continually renews itself thanks to its multiple depth and structure.