Alto Adige Sauvignon DOC
Sauvignon Blanc was introduced to Alto Adige toward the end of the nineteenth century, and it was long regarded as a clumsy, almost “unmanageable” white wine which, with the wrong choice of location, would disappoint the winemaker’s expectations. But especially in the lower, warmer areas, it takes on a broad, portly body. The Sauvignon Blanc vines prefer well-ventilated slopes such as the area around Kurtatsch at an elevation from 500 to 600 meters (1,600 to 2,000 feet). The constant breeze over the nearby Adige river exerts a climate-regulating influence. The deep soils that are at times greatly pervaded with gravel produce a filigree sort of Sauvignon Blanc that has a balanced, juicy effect upon the palate. The lively acidity that never wanes gives the body a sharp contour.
Volume: 13,0 % by vol.
Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard location: The hills of Kurtatsch
Charateristics: a fresh and flavorful white wine
Color: greenish-yellow to straw yellow
Total acidity: 5,8 g/l
Residual sugar: 2,1 g/l
Cellaring potential: should be drunk young, 1 to 3 years
Recommended pairings: with vegetable pastries and all asparagus dishes; also drunk as an aperitif
Serving temperature: 10 – 11° C
The Sauvignon vineyards are situated between 450 and 600 meters above sea level. Usually very steep, they are exposed to the southeast. Here the Sauvignon vines grow in meager, calcareous subsoil with a wide array of minerals. Evening katabatic winds cool down the sensitive Sauvignon grapes; together with the character of the soil, these winds are responsible for the wine’s floral freshness and persistent minerality.