Alto Adige CHARDONNAY DOC PICHL
In the dialect of South Tyrol and the Unterland area, Pichl is the name of a hill situated in moderately steep terrain and dominating the slopes. Chardonnay Pichl comes from vineyards that are located at an elevation of 350 to 480 meters, and face south towards the Adige Valley. Here, medium to deep layers of limestone are irregularly crossed by loamy quartzite. Chardonnay reaches its full power of expression in this energy-laden, calcareous and siliceous soil. Cool autumn winds during the evening hours lend a dynamic nip of acidity and piquant contours. This extremely fine wine matures on the lees for an extended period of time, which grants additional dimension. The bouquet is reminiscent of an Asian version of Vienna's Naschmarkt, with pineapples, bananas, vanilla, biscuits and dried fruit. Despite all of its creaminess, it is racy and fresh in the mouth – evocative of lemon peel. The sweetness of the fruit is accompanied by a balsamic spiciness that suggests walnuts.
Volume: 13,5 % by vol.
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Production zone: South-southeast exposed hills, 350 – 480 m.a.s.l
Soil: Calcareous and gravely soil
Yield per hectare: 8000 kg
Color: Straw yellow, with green reflexes
Vinification: 15% of the must ferments in barrels, followed by malolactic fermentation. The remaining must is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a regulated temperature; the wine then matures, on the lees, for six months in large oak barrels.
Storage potential: 4-6 years
Total acidity: 5,5 g/l
Residual sugar: 0,9 g/l
Pichl means “hill” in the South Tyrolean vernacular. The Pichl Chardonnay comes from vineyards situated at 300 to 400 meters above sea level. Warm, southeast-facing vineyards with chalky, gravelly soils traversed by loamy layers of quartzite form the unique basis for this Chardonnay's expressiveness. Cooling nocturnal katabatic winds lend the wine a vital freshness.