ALTO ADIGE CHARDONNAY RISERVA DOC FREIENFELD
Chardonnay „Freienfeld“- a blend of the best Chardonnay locations in Kurtatsch – is only produced in the years with optimal weather for this Burgundy varietal. The intermediate and deep calciferous soils are irregularly streaked with loamy quartzite. The locations stretch from 300 to 500 meters in altitude. The lower locations guarantee fullness and concentration while the higher elevation, with cool downslope winds in the evenings, ensure the dynamics and the spicy contours of the wine. Authenticity and near-natural cultivation are the guidelines for the production of this wine. The Chardonnay is characterized by classy opulence with many exotic fruits in aroma and taste along with delicate, delicious toasty aromas. The complex bouquet brings to mind apricots, coconuts and bananas. Extract and acid form an attractive balance, the taste is round, and equally strong and fine, with velvety fruit and well-integrated tannin. A complex, elegant Chardonnay with enormous storage potential.
Volume: 14,0 % by vol.
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Production zone: hills with south/southwest exposure, 300-500 m altitude
Soil: calciferous, gravelly soil with a small share of loam
Yield per hectare: 6500 kg.
Color: golden yellow
Vinification: fermentation in medium blond toasted French barriques with subsequent maturation (Bâtonnage) for 11 months, followed by blending in large oak barrels and storage on the fine lees (6 months) and further maturation in the bottle for at least 7 months.
Storage potential: min. 10 years
Total acidity: 5,6 g./l.
Residual sugar: 1,8 g./l.
The name Freienfeld derives from a medieval Ansitz manor of the same name, located in the village center of Kurtatsch. Between the winery's 1900 founding and 1923, the Ansitz served both as the actual winery and its administrative headquarters; the beautiful cellars of the Ansitz now house the barrique cellars and wine archive. This exceptional wine does not originate from one single vineyard site, but rather is an assemblage of the best and oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Kurtatsch. Freienfeld is vinified only when weather permits throughout the course of the entire year.