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COMPLETER

«MALANSERREBE»

Grape variety

Completer (ancient native grape)

 

Classification

Malans, AOC Graubünden

 

 

Vinification

Late harvest (mid-November)
Fermentation and aging in used barrels.

 

Wine description

dense, light yellow, aromas of green apples, quince, nuts and almonds, classy palate with an interesting interplay of sweetness and acidity, a rarity for lovers of old, acidic varieties. Develops amazing aromas of ripeness with ageing.

 

Food pairing

Goes well with seasoned, salty cheese and smoked meat, strong fish, shellfish (lobster), and Grisons specialties.

 

Vintage 2020
92/100 points
outstanding

Wein-Plus

Clear, firm, yet relatively cool and restrained, polished bouquet with bright yellow fruity, delicately floral and distinctly planty aromas. Tart, rather tightly knit, again bright fruit, clearly planty and slightly yeasty notes, quite lively acidity, persistent on the palate, delicately smoky and clearly mineral, a lot of power, but also a certain freshness and tension, good depth, still young, chalky-salty minerality in the background, very good, firm finish with warm and cool elements. Will be able to mature for a long time.

| 2023 until 2030+ 

Vintage 2019
92/100points
outstanding

Wein-Plus

Vegetal, yeasty and nutty scent with calm yellow fruity and a little buttery aromas as well as chalky-mineral hints in the background. Firmly woven, juicy, ripe, bright fruit, herbal to herbaceous and yeasty aromas, very fine acidity, restrained power, very slightly sweet melting, but also a lot of tart, again bright minerality, lasting, certain warmth, good depth, still young, very good, firm, juicy and again very mineral finish with herbaceous to herbaceous aromas and amazing bite for a wine of this weight class

| 2022 until 2035+ 

Vintage 2019

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, closed, concentrated bouquet, citrus, slate, honeycomb, fresh herbs. Dense, powerful, fresh palate with velvety fruit, strong, very well integrated acidity, dense, varied aromas, finely creamy structure, long, dense, powerful finish.
 
|2025 until 2045

Vintage 2019

90/100 points

James Suckling

Very citrusy with a touch of ice bon-bon, this bold dry white is so crisp that you really don’t feel the alcohol (14.5%). Intense, salty minerality at the very refreshing finish. Drink now.

Vintage 2018

93/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
For a late-ripening local variety (and rarity), Martin Donatsch's 2018 Completer "Malanserrebe" displays a radiant golden-yellow color and reflects the warm vintage on the nose, which comes across almost as an Ermitage (Marsanne) from the Rhine. Deep, ripe and intense yet super mineral, refined and complex on the lemon-scented and floral nose, this is a full-bodied, round and lush, very concentrated but juicy yet fine, persistently firm Malanser that reveals excellent purity and elegance with sustainable mineral freshness, salt and grippy phenolics. Powerful yet fascinating. The 2018 is a mouthful of Completer. Bottled after one year in barriques with 14.5% alcohol. Tasted in January and February 2020.
| 2022 until 2050

Vintage 2018

93/100 points

outstanding

Wein-Plus
Clear, firm nose, light yeasty notes, hint of almonds, ripe, partly candied yellow deuit, floral and elegant vegetal tarces, light mineral notes in the background. Ripe, very firm, slightly off-dry fruit on the palate, lively acidity, integrated tannins provide some grip, persistent and full-bodied, light nutty oak, hint of tobacco, prominent salty, chalky mineral notes, good depth, hint of bacon, fairly prominent yeasty notes, still undeveloped, noticeable high alcohol, but quite well integrated, fliral traces, hint of red berries, clear contours, some grip on a very good, firm finish. Needs time to mature.
| 2021 until 2032+

Vintage 2018

92/100 points

James Suckling
Complex nose of Asian pear, pineapple and anise. Ripe and rather succulent, but the very fresh acidity keeps this focused through the long, herb and mineral finish. Experience with this rare Alpine grape suggests this could age very well. Drink or hold.
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Vintage 2018

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, dense, tart bouquet, dried pears, fine citrus, chalk, mint leaves. Dense, velvety, complex, powerful palate with dense fruit, very well integrated acidity, diverse aromas, strong structure, long, full, aromatic finish.
 
| 2023 until 2045

Vintage 2017

92+/ 100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
From calcareous schist soils and aged in barriques for one year, the 2017 Completer "Malanserrebe" displays a pure, fresh and lemon-flavored bouquet of crushed stones and ripe white fruits intermixed with yeasty layers. The palate is enormously vital, tight, fresh and mineral, yet filigreed, lean and still pretty much austere compared to the rich 2018. However, the wine is dense and reveals a long, intense and tensioned, enormously salty-vital finish. The 2017 is doubtlessly a long-distance runner. 14% alcohol. Very promising but due to spring frost, only 300 bottles were produced, which are available exclusively for friends in the domaine-owned "Zum Ochsen" restaurant. Tasted in January 2020.
| 2023 until 2050

Vintage 2017

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, dense, strong bouquet, dried pears, pink grapefruit, herbs, slate, caraway seeds. Concentrated, multi-layered, powerful, aromatic palate, dense, fine fruit, strong, very well integrated, ripe acidity, dense, full aroma, very long, powerful, aromatic finish.
 
| 2024 until 2045

Vintage 2016

91/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The 2016 Completer Malanserrebe is pure and concentrated on the deep and mineral nose. Full-bodied, intense and rich on the palate, this is an elegant white with concentration, grip and salty-mineral tension. It is very long and tightly structured, with intense and concentrated fruit. It is still a baby but will age for many years. 
| 2023 until 2043

Vintage 2016

94/100 points

Falstaff
 
Pale golden yellow; subtly fruity on the nose, apricot, rose petals, bitter orange; strong prelude, tangible carbon dioxide, playful acidity, apple aroma; long finish with a hint of residual sweetness. Promising, very fresh completer.

Vintage 2016

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Spicy, mineral, salty closed bouquet, slate, chalk, pears, flint. Velvety, tightly interwoven, powerful palate with strong, ripe acidity, velvety, dense fruit, closed aromas, long, dense finish with many back flavors.
 
| 2022 until 2038

Vintage 2016

18/20 points

Vinum
 
The classic Malans vine combines ripe fruit with lots of spice and a wonderfully precise acidity on the palate. Complex, full-bodied and made to age in the bottle for a long time.
 
| 2020 until 2030

Vintage 2015

95/100 points

Falstaff
 
Light straw yellow; Medium intensity bouquet, hint of lemon peel, green apple, fresh herbs (thyme), pepper; on the palate a powerful prelude, juicy acidity, subtle CO2, a hint of residual sweetness, mineral, rich tartness, aromatic, spicy-floral, orange peel; crisp, acidic finish. Very youthful, with potential.

Vintage 2015

88+/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
From calcareous slate soils, Donatsch's 2015 Completer 'Malanserrebe' displays a clear, fresh and aromatic bouquet of canned peaches and pineapples along with some flinty terroir flavors and slightly toasty notes from the 12 months aging in barrels. This silky/creamy textured and elegant wine is full-bodied and powerful, showing a good calcareous freshness with a delicate but vivacious acidity, as well as remarkable finesse. But it should be aged for another year or two. It is a nice Burgundian style paired with the coolish, mineral fruit of Grison.
| 2018 until 2027

Vintage 2015

18/20 points

Swiss wine newspaper
 
Dense, deep, mineral, salty bouquet, dried apples, slate, fine citrus. Strong, fruity, closely interwoven palate, velvety fruit, strong, ripe acidity, very good mineral notes, dense aromas, long, fresh finish.
 
| 2019 until 2032

Vintage 2015

18/20 points

Vinum
 
Still reserved on the nose with elegant notes of white flowers, pome fruit and quince. Very restrained, perfectly integrated spicy notes. Carried on the palate by an animating, Riesling-like game between the juicy, almost dance-like acidity and a hint of residual sweetness, which is only noticeable as a fruity melt.
 
| 2017 until 2027

Vintage 2014

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, dense, aromatic, tart bouquet, chalk, dried apples, glacier tents. Velvety, dense, powerful, salty palate with good fruit, powerful, ripe acidity, powerful, varied aromas, long, tart finish.
 
| 2018 until 2034

Vintage 2014

88/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The 2014 Completer is from an indigenous grape variety from Malans. Picked very late in the middle of November, but with a remarkably high acidity, this is an age-worthy white wine with a clear and nutty, also mineral-flavored bouquet. Full-bodied, fresh and firm on the palate, this is a powerful, slightly bitter or rustic wine with vitality and transparency—as well as a long and persistent, powerful finish. Still rustic, the 2014 will surely benefit from bottle aging. A real characterful, even rather rustic wine.
| 2020 until 2030

Vintage 2013

94/100 points

Falstaff
 
Medium yellow with green reflections. Subdued but haunting bouquet with toasty aromas, hints of dried fruit, tarragon, toast, pepper, coriander, citrus blossom. Medium-weight, dense, crunchy, juicy acidity, citrus aromas, lemon balm, subtle sweetness on the palate. Enormously sustainable. Compact, colossal wine with a promising future.
 
| Tip: store

Vintage 2013

89/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The 2013 Completer Malanserrebe is concentrated, pure and fresh on the intense and aromatic nose. Pure, fresh, spicy and tensioned on the palate, this is a straight and mineral white with good intensity and mineral tension on the finish.
| 2025 until 2040

Vintage 2013

18/20 points

Vinum
 
Luminous, clear golden yellow. Aromas of ripe grapefruit and other citrus fruits, hints of quince, but also mineral notes and salty components. Powerful on the palate, with a hint of extract sweetness, but on the finish carried by a wonderfully present, creamy acidity.
 
| 2015 until 2030

Vintage 2013

17/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Closed, tart, mineral bouquet, pears, verbena, tea leaves. Strong, broad, salty palate, good fruit, strong, well-integrated acidity, good aromas, long, plump finish. Can still improve.
 
| 2018 until 2034

Vintage 2012

93/100 points

Falstaff
 
Straw yellow with green reflections; medium intensity on the nose, hint of ripe apple, saffron, mocha, rhubarb, orange peel; Relatively soft, slightly sweet prelude on the palate, distinctive acidity, full-bodied, somewhat greenish tartness, aromatic well-spiced, lemon, stone fruit, rhubarb; good acid-assisted length. Edgy wine rich in finesse.

Vintage 2012

17.5 /20 points

Vinum
 
Golden yellow color. Intense aromas with clear grapefruit notes, but also dried fruit, some apple tart and burnt cream. Very powerful on the palate, but also rich in finesse and complex. 17.5 / 20
| 2015 until 2025
 
Subtle aromas of lemon blossom, grapefruit, mint and a little pepper. Juicy, tightly woven and full on the palate, first shows a touch of residual sweetness, then the fresh acidity prevails. Still very young. 17.5 / 20
 
| 2014 until 2022

Vintage 2011

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 

Medium yellow, enormously fragrant bouquet, yeast, floral, mandarin, attractive. Dense, smooth initial taste, soft, juicy middle part, noticeable sweetness, note of raspberry liqueur, also minerality, rich, long-lasting finish. A sparkling wine.

 

| drink until 2025

Vintage 2011

94/100 points

Paolo Basso
Yeast and bread notes and white flowers. Rich, aromatic, expressive, nicely juicy and long-lasting. Great expressiveness.