Alto Adige Müller Thurgau DOC
Müller Thurgau (a hybrid of Riesling and Madeleine Royal crossed in 1882 in Geisenheim, Germany) came to Alto Adige in the first decades of the twentieth century, where it is among the lively, quaffable, lightly aromatic white wines. A pleasant tone of nutmeg that varies in intensity depending upon the vineyard location is typical of the variety. The Müller Thurgau zones around Kurtatsch are found for the most part on exposed mountain slopes (Hofstatt and Graun – up to 900 m.a.s.l./3,000 ft.a.s.l.) where the large temperature differences between day and night lend the grapes a distinct aroma. This wine, which is both spicy and lively, is reminiscent of a freshly mown Alpine meadow. The high mountain acidity is harmoniously interwoven with fruitiness, yielding flavors of yellow peaches, honey, nutmeg blossoms, hazel nuts, and peach blossom tea.
Volume: 13,0 % by vol.
Grape variety: Müller Thurgau
Vineyard location: Kurtatsch (Penon, Hofstatt and Graun)
Charateristics: an aromatic, light white wine
Color: greenish-yellow to straw yellow
Total acidity: 5,8 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,6 g/l
Cellaring potential: should be drunk young, 1 to 2 years
Recommended pairings: as an aperitif, or with grilled or fried shellfish
Serving temperature: 10 – 11° C
The frost-resistant Müller-Thurgau grows on the Mendel Massif, in vineyards stretching as high up as 900 meters above sea level. The conditions here are extreme, with enormous differences between daytime and nighttime temperatures, especially at the end of maturity; this lends this Müller Thurgau its intense, yet delicate and multi-layered aroma of alpine flowers and stone fruit.