Alto Adige Cabernet RISERVA DOC KIRCHHÜGEL
Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were introduced into South Tyrol during the second half of the nineteenth century. Kurtatsch’s best red-wine vineyards were always those hillside sites where the snow and frost melt early. In this soil, which is gravelly with some loam, daytime warmth continues long into autumn. Here, the late-maturing and thus demanding Cabernet Sauvignon can fully develop its delicate fruit (blackcurrants, blackberries and crushed elderberries) and the spicy Cabernet Franc its spicy and herbal flavors (pepper and peppermint). Even in very sunny years, Kirchhügel Cabernet isn’t heavy or broad. A nerve of acidity, typical of the Unterland region of South Tyrol, gives a sinewy character to the wine’s muscularity and an impressive storage capacity in the bottle. If you have enough patience you’ll be amply rewarded by the Cabernet Kirchhügel: after lengthy bottle aging, exciting tertiary aromas arise, reminiscent of an Asian tea ceremony: cedar, suede, tobacco, toasted hazelnut, biscuits and dried blackberries.
Volume: 14,0 % by vol.
Grape variety: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
Production zone: Very steep hills with good sun exposure – Kurtatsch, 280 – 350 m.a.s.l.
Soil: clayey and calcareous sand
Yield per hectare: 8000 kg
Vinification: Temperature-constrained fermentation in rotor tanks; maturation for 12 months in oak barrels (25% new wood), with organic malolactic fermentation, followed by assemblage and aging in large wooden barrels
Storage potential: 6-10 years
Total acidity: 5,1 g/l
Residual sugar: 2,1 g/l
Kirchhügel (Kirche = church, Hügel = hill) includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from various small vineyards that is grown in gravelly soil with clay content at altitudes between 250 and 350 meters.