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Cantina Tramin’s Epokale: No imitators

'The opportunity to taste the entire back catalogue, including the recently released 2015, in June was simply one not to be missed,' says Michael Garner.

When Cantina Tramin’s Epokale 2009 became the first Italian white wine to be awarded 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in 2018, it must have seemed the perfect time for the team to sit back and light up the cigars. That is not, however, winemaker Willi Stürz’s style. ‘We thought that maybe the wine had a little too much to say for itself. Perhaps in the longer term something with more elegance and restraint might be the better choice.’

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for all six Cantina Tramin Epokale vintages

Subsequent vintages of Epokale have seen production techniques carefully adjusted in order to ensure the wine offers a true reflection of each vintage. ‘It’s about getting the balance right, particularly of the sugars,’ he insists. ‘Once the fermentation seems to slow, we know the moment is approaching when the wine will achieve the harmony that we are looking for.’

Cantina Tramin Epokale: Every vintage rated

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