Alto Adige Cabernet SAUVIGNON RISERVA DOC Freienfeld

As early as the first historical phase of planting, the warmest slopes of Kurtatsch proved ideal for the Cabernet. The name of this wine derives from a Renaissance estate in Kurtatsch: Ansitz Freienfeld. As a wine, it has come to symbolize an assemblage of the municipality’s very best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. The clayey and porous gravel bed is a multifaceted little terroir of its own, the unique soil of which brings out the very best from the demanding grape variety. The Freienfeld Cabernet, a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, represents the quintessence of quality viticulture in Kurtatsch. In fact, Freienfeld is made only when the weather conditions for a given vintage are optimal. Maturation of the young wine is carried out in medium-toasted French barriques. The wine’s powerful structure is thus enriched with a velvety, toasted aroma. During bottle aging its dramatic bouquet – reminiscent of wild culinary herbs and damp earth – mellows, incorporating bay leaf, rosemary, marjoram, lavender and peppermint. The notable richness of fruit (blackcurrants, cherries and plums) is supported by a smooth tannic structure, the persistence of which is spectacular in the finish.

Volume: 14,0 % by vol.

Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Production zone: Best hillside vineyards in Kurtatsch

Soil: gritty loam and loamy sand

Yield per hectare: 6000 kg

Color: Dense garnet

Vinification: Temperature-constrained fermentation in rotor tanks; maturation for 14 months, half in new barriques and half in one-year-old barriques; assemblage in large wooden barrels; long bottle aging

Storage potential: at least 10 years

Total acidity:  5,4 g/l

Residual sugar: 2,2 g/l

Territorio Cabernet freienfeld
FREIENFELD

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 Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Kurtatsch. Freienfeld is vinified only when weather permits throughout the course of the entire year.

Cabernet Sauvignon Freienfeld DOC 2011
90,1/100 points
AWC Vienna 2014

90/100 points - 3 stars
I vini di Veronelli 2015

4 grappoli
Bibenda 2015

88/100 points
Falstaff 2014/2015

90/100 points
Blindtasted by Marcus Delmonego und Andreas Larsson

Wine of the year
Unterlandler Weinkosttage 2015

17+ points
JancisRobinson.com
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90/100 points
Wine Spectator 2017
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Cabernet Sauvignon Freienfeld DOC 2010
90/100 points - gold medal
AWC Vienna 2014

91/100 points - 3 stars
I Vini di Veronelli 2014

90/100 points
Falstaff 2013

4 grappoli
Bibenda 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon Freienfeld DOC 2007
Excellent wine
Berliner Weinführer 2012
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excellent wine
Wein-Plus.eu 2017