Lagrein wine grapes in Western Australia

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Lagrein originates from Italy and is known for its production of medium-bodied table wines that show intense colour, good body with rich berry characters.

The Lagrein grape variety was identified by the wine industry as having potential for the future development of premium WA wine and planted for evaluation in Manjimup in 2003. Lagrein vines showed consistently good yields, producing well scoring wines at wine shows with positive consumer responses.

Lagrein is native to the valleys of northern Italy in the Trentino-Alto Adige region and was traditionally rarely found outside this area. Lagrein typically produces wines with good acidity, generous flavours and good tannin. Rosé styled wines from Lagrein are elegant, fruity and floral.

Timing of key phenology stages for Lagrein at Manjimup

Budburst

(E-L 4)

Full bloom

(E-L 23)

Veraison

(E-L 35)

Harvest

(E-L 38)

Mid-September

Early December

Mid-February

Early April

Lagrein (Clone H9V9) vines grow well at Manjimup to produce large fruit crops early in establishment. Lagrein bunches are low in compaction and present a low susceptibility to Botrytis however they can be adversely affected by powdery mildew in crowded canopy areas.

Lagrein production characteristics

Productivity

Medium

Berry weight

Medium

Bunch weight

High

Fruit yield/vine

7kg

Disease susceptibility

Low-medium

Equivalent yield

11.6t/ha

Bunch compaction

Low

Vigour

Medium

Juice TSS (°Brix)

25

Juice Baumé

13.9

Juice pH

3.4

Juice TA g/L

6.7

Wine sensory assessment

Lagrein wines have cherry, dark berry, violet and plum aromas, are medium-bodied with chalky tannins, cherry, plum and dark chocolate flavours.

Results from a consumer survey showed that 95 per cent of respondents liked the aroma, all liked the flavour, 95 per cent liked the body, 95 per cent liked the style and 80 per cent found the variety to have commercial potential.

Wine judging results

Points awarded out of a maximum of 20

Wine judging results for Lagrein

2010 Qantas Wine Show

2011 Timber Towns Wine Show

16.2

16.3

Contact information

Richard Fennessy
+61 (0)8 9780 6219
Kristen Brodison
+61 (0)8 9780 6189