Cabernet Sauvignon Freienfeld
The name FREIENFELD crowns our highest quality wine, which we bottle only in the very best years: our Cabernet Sauvignon. Thanks to geographical and geological conditions, the warm locations around the village center of Kurtatsch have proved ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon. Only the grapes from the best and oldest vineyards evolve into this exceptional wine, which we vinify only when the season’s weather has been ideal.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon FREIENFELD, named after the original seat of Cantina Kurtatsch, the manor Ansitz Freienfeld, represents the pinnacle of quality winemaking in Kurtatsch. The cellar of this Renaissance estate has been, since the very beginning, the barrique cellar of the winery.
Early on, Cabernet Sauvignon FREIENFELD made its mark in the wine world. It was one of the first South Tyrolean red wines to carry the coveted "Tre bicchieri" award from Gambero Rosso in the 1990s. The 2015 vintage, the first after three years of less than perfect weather conditions, sees the return of this exceptional wine with a new look.
THE FREIENFELD LABEL
The label of the first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon FREIENFELD in 1990 showed a fresco from the historic Ansitz Freienfeld. A homage to origin, a return to the roots of Cantina Kurtatsch.
The sixteenth century fresco in the drinking hall of the manor shows a scene from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" - the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe. Head over heels in love with each other, their love has no chance due to the disapproval of their parents. Whispering to each other through a crack in the wall of their neighboring houses, they agree to escape. Due to a series of unfortunate misunderstandings during their escape, the two lovers kill themselves, each dying for love of the other.
The new label of Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva FREIENFELD 2015 combines tradition and modernity. The story depicted in the fresco inspired the young South Tyrolean artist Margit Pittschieler: the crack visible in the fresco adorns the label of the FREIENFELD in a strong ruby red, reminiscent of the crack through which the two lovers secretly communicated.
"After numerous drafts and studies, a lovingly detailed version was created in which Pyramus and Thisbe whisper to each other through the intense ruby red crack even after death, seemingly awakening them to life again."
Margit Pittschieler, artist
"Due to reduced yield, perfect physiological ripeness and careful aging, we are able to vinify an extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon: an exceptional wine in FREIENFELD quality."
Othmar Doná, winemaker