Alto Adige Merlot RISERVA DOC BRENNTAL
The Brenntal site, one of South Tyrol's warmest, is located at the northwestern end of the village, below the Kurtatsch Wine Road. In mid-summer temperatures can reach 40 °C for short periods of time. The steep slopes border the northern foothills of the mighty limestone massif upon which Kurtatsch sits enthroned. Lime and porphyry gravel permeate the clay soil, ensuring optimal and natural drainage. A tightly woven fabric of water veins guides the mineral salts of the mountains under the earth from three different directions. These salts, which the water carries into the hot valley from great heights, lend the Brenntal Merlot its distinctive alpine character.
A fresh minerality vibrates intensely on the palate; fragrant herbaceous notes recall above-the-tree-line vegetation. The dense, clayey soil acts like a heat accumulator, affording the Merlot berries a creamy and soft fruit pulp. The tannins have a rare, fine grain, giving the fruit aromas typical of the site (cranberries, blackberries, cocoa and green tea) a southern temperament. Through a lengthy maloactic fermentation process, the opulent Brenntal Merlot accumulates autumnal notes like mushrooms and truffles, which linger in the savory finish.
Volume: 14,5 % by vol.
Grape variety: Merlot
Production zone: First hill site in Kurtatsch – Brenntal 220–250 m.a.s.l.
Soil: Clay soil
Yield per hectare: 5500 kg
Color: Dense garnet
Vinification: Temperature-constrained fermentation in roto-fermenters and aging in oak barrels (50% new wood) for 14 months, Assemblage in large wooden barrels
Storage potential: more than 10 years
Total acidity: 5,4 g/l
Residual sugar: 2,1 g/l
BRENNTAL 220 - 300 m
Even the name of this site (Brenn = combustive, Tal = valley) is evocative of its climate. It is one of South Tyrol’s warmest sites, with temperatures that can hit 40 degrees in the summer. The steep Merlot vineyards are situated at altitudes ranging from 220 to 300 meters, below the Wine Road in Kurtatsch. The gravelly, loamy soil has excellent drainage, storing heat during the day and releasing it freely at night.