Grapes: Chardonnay – Alto Adige DOC
Origin: This wine, full of character, comes from selected individual vineyards stocked with vines grafted to slow growing rootstock and trained on wire trellises (Guyot). This Chardonnay flourishes under the best conditions in the best vineyard zones in the valley floor around the center of Cortina s.s.d.v.. The favourable location of the vineyards, ideal sunshine, and the good ventilation of the berries assures the excellent quality of the grapes of this varietal.
Yield per hectare: 40 hl.
Vinification: The grapes are pressed and the stems are removed in the pneumatic tank press. Before being pressed, an approximately 8 hour long cold maceration takes place in order to enhance the fruitiness of the wine.
Afterwards, the grapes are gently pressed and clarified through the natural settling of sediments. The alcoholic fermentation takes place with pure strains of yeast in small casks of French oak in which this particular wine acquires complexity through its twelvemonth aging and ripening on the yeast. After bottling, 8 months of aging takes place for completion before this unique white wine, furnished with its ultramodern bottle, goes on sale.
Characteristic properties: In addition to a balanced color, this wine possesses a very rich bouquet, giving the clear impression of a wine of conspicuous harmony. This is a wine that after many years of cellaring becomes even more enjoyable.
Color: straw yellow to golden yellow
Bouquet: a powerful bouquet of ripe fruits, a wide array of aromas (apricots, tropical fruits, and vanilla)
Flavor: powerful, balanced, and savory, an interesting play of acidity in the mouth, very harmoniously juicy and rich with pleasant fullness
Recommended pairings: Appetizers, fish and vegetable-based main courses, and white meats
Serving temperature: 12 - 14° C (54 - 57° F)
Cellaring: 6 - 8 years