This bottling of 100% Gewürztraminer is grown exclusively in the Kastelaz site above Tramin, in the Alto Adige DOC. The vineyard is sloped at an imposing 63 degrees with a rare full Southern exposure, this narrowly terraced vineyard scales from 330 to 380 meters above sea level on a layered structure of loose limestone soils, interspersed with post-glacial sand, granite and porphyry. The best elements of Alto Adige viticulture are further magnified here, as the south-facing position grants even more of the region’s ubiquitous sunshine, while strong winds and altitude engender very cool evening temperatures. The grapes are very carefully selected, fully ripe grapes get selected, picked in two harvests. Before pressing, the crushed berries are cold macerated for 6 hours, after which the juice is clarified by refrigeration and natural sedimentation. Fermentation is activated using selected yeasts and the temperature is controlled at 64°F. The young wine remains on its lees for several months.
Aromatically the wine has a combination of ripe tropical fruits, honeysuckle, and fatty, meaty flavors. On the palate there are balancing elements of orchard fruits, sweet citrus fruits, and a lingering spiciness.