South Tyrol: 6 wines of the 2020 vintage to drink immediately (or keep in the cellar)

South Tyrol: 6 wines of the 2020 vintage to drink immediately (or keep in the cellar)

South Tyrol is a small but very interesting wine production area, especially for white wines: here are 6 bottles of the 2020 vintage to taste now.

With a vineyard area of ​​just over 5,500 hectares, South Tyrol is one of the smallest wine regions in Italy . At the same time, however, its particular geographical position –one of the most interesting production areas, especially for white winesbetween the Dolomite peaks and the Mediterranean landscape – makes it one of the most interesting production areas on the international scene, especially as regards white wines (today 62% of the area under vines in Alto Adige is cultivated with white vines). The South Tyrolean winemakers have distinguished themselves for having created the virtuous model of the South Tyrolean cooperative and in the last period the attention paid to environmental sustainability issues has been really great, in particular since the Consorzio Vini Alto Adige was born in 2007: ” Our wines – says the director Eduard Bernhart they embody in an inimitable way the richness of facets of this mountain terroir, combining Alpine and Mediterranean influences, a tradition that has been handed down for generations and a strong drive for innovation, perfection and intuition, quality and creativity, ease and reliability “.

The Consortium recently drew up the balance of the 2020 harvest which turned out to be satisfactory according to most of the producers, despite the not always favorable weather conditions. The final balance is therefore more than positive, with excellent performances for two of the most common white grape varieties, namely Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, while among the reds Pinot Nero and Lagrein stand out, with peaks of excellence for both. Here are the tasting notes of 6 wines of the 2020 vintage that we have tried for you (to drink this summer or to forget in the cellar to see its evolution):

  1. \Pinot Bianco Plötzner – St Pauls . The vineyards of the historic St. Pauls winery are located in a hilly area around the Plötznerhof, characterized by fresh mountain winds and limestone soils rich in porphyry, a stone rich in quartz with a high thermal capacity, an ideal place to grow a Pinot Blanc from the deep soul. A broad and well-structured wine, in which all the elegance of the 2020 vintage emerges. Ideal as an aperitif, however, the advice is to appreciate its evolution in 7/8 months.
  2. Chardonnay Altkirch – Colterenzio Winery . Classic example of Chardonnay from Alto Adige: refined, with a typical bouquet of exotic fruits with a good persistence in the finish and a nice hint of aromaticity. In the mouth it shows great acidity and freshness. In combinations it is versatile, as is the grape variety from which it is obtained. A wine that, year after year, confirms the great work carried out by Cantina Colterenzio on this variety.
  3. Sylvaner – Pacherhof . A great wine from the Isarco Valley, with an acidity that we can define as sharp. The Pacherhof winery was founded in the 90s and immediately stood out for its quality production. Connoisseurs prefer to enjoy it alone, in all its elegance. Its sharp style makes it an ideal wine for any meal. Great ripening potential.
  4. Sauvignon Sanct Valentin – San Michele Appiano Winery . Cantina San Michele Appiano’s best-known label is also one of the most awarded white wines in Italy. In this Sauvignon, so structured and muscular, the flavor and aroma are in perfect balance with each other. The aromas recall yellow fruit and elderflower. It goes wonderfully with grilled fish or with a tasty vegetable risotto.
  5. Gewürztraminer Joseph 20, J. Hofstätter . Wine that best expresses the characteristics of this now so popular grape variety: fresh, pleasant, with the typical exotic and floral aromas. It also reveals a part of mentholated. The taste is dense and rich. With aging, citrus notes emerge. A label that confirms the trend of South Tyrolean wineries, that is to focus on the elegance of Gewürztraminer.
  6. St. Magdalener Vineyard Rielerhof – Josef Brigl . Elegant and with a soft tannin. Excellent example of the blend between Schiava and Lagrein, the two main native red grape varieties of South Tyrol. The clayey soils give a rounded taste on the palate, interesting acidity and a sure aging potential. To be paired with fish-based dishes, in summer it can be drunk by slightly lowering the serving temperature.

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