Alto Adige Chardonnay, Peter Zemmer
The vines are grafted to slow-growing rootstock and trained on traditional Guyot trellising systems. Grown only in the best vineyard zones located on the valley floor around the centre of Cortina. The favourable vineyard location, ideal sunshine exposure, and great ventilation all contribute to the excellent quality of the chardonnay grapes.
Once at the winery, the grapes are macerated on their skins for a number of hours to extract flavour and texture. The grapes then undergo a gentle pressing followed by clarification by means of the natural settling of sediments. Followed by alcoholic fermentation using natural yeast strains at a controlled temperature of 19°C.
Commonly referred to as the "Barolo of the South”, the late-ripening Aglianico variety grows on the high-altitude slopes of the volcanic Vulture Mountain in the southern province of Basilicata. The Vineyards are between 10 to 20 years of age and sit between 400 and 550 m above sea level. The vines are trained on by the Espalier trellising system. Manual harvest is completed in the vineyard and generally takes place from the 10th to the 30th of October. Once at the winery, maceration is carried out in stainless steel containers for 7-8 days at a closely monitored temperate of 23° to 26° C. The wine is fermented dry and malolactic fermentation is completed in stainless steel tanks. Wine is then matured partially in small French oak barrels, partially in 25 and 50 hectolitre Slovenian oak casks for 12 months.
A delightful expression of Chardonnay from its alpine home of Alto Adige. The wine shows ripe golden delicious apple, asian pear and lemon meringue. There are savoury notes of saltine cracker, Crème fraîche and crushed oyster shell which beautifully complements the fruit flavour profile.
The wine has a great deal of richness and complexity yet finishes fresh.
Drink now or age 4+ years
Enjoy with grilled squid, roasted salmon or fried polenta.