100% Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige DOC
VINEYARD All fruit comes from the Castle Ringberg vineyard in Alto Adige DOC on a south-facing hillside with an altitude of 350 meters above sea level.
SOIL Chalk and clay
VINIFICATION AND AGING Grapes undergo gentle pressing before being fermented in part stainless steel, while the other 15% ferments in French oak barriques. The wine fermented in French oak will undergo partial malolactic fermentation. Blending occurs in the Spring, shortly before bottling.
Named for the Renaissance castle built there by Habsburgs in 1620 and rising up from Lake Caldaro in alternating moderate and steep slopes, the Vigna 'Castel Ringberg' is a crown jewel of the region and a monopole for Elena Walch, from where many of her award-winning, mineral-driven wines emanate. The term Vigna is an additional denomination of origin, recognizing a precisely demarcated and cartographically recorded single vineyard.
In addition to variable altitudes from 330 to 400 meters above sea level, Vigna “Castel Ringberg” also boasts a multiplicity of soils. The higher perches, climbing into the “Mendel” ridge of the Dolomites, are of 30,000 year old glacial Adige River gravel, while calcareous soils with morainic substrata join loose limestone in gentler lower zones. The moderating influence of the lake and the strong afternoon drying southerly wind known as “Ora” also contribute to the balanced, elegant character of the wines, from a host of native and international varieties.
|VARIETAL COMPOSITION||Pinot Grigio|
|APPELLATION||Südtirol - Alto Adige|