Alto Adige Pinot Grigio DOC PENÓNER
Archduke Johann of Austria imported the first Pinot gris vines from Burgundy in 1852. In general, Pinot gris thrives in the fertile plains. Cultivation of Pinot gris at altitude – and critically, with a long growing season – is remarkable and unique. On the steep slopes of Penon (600 m.a.s.l.), Pinot gris develops a dense, compact body that is pulled vigorously into the finish by a dynamic acidic structure. On these permeable, chalky vineyard terraces an extraordinary mountain wine, spicy and peppery, comes into being, and reflects its terroir in an admirable way.
The bouquet is reminiscent of tangerines, yellow peach slices, Kaiser pears and fresh apples. In a duet with an exhilaratingly fruity appeal, the salty finish gives it a magical balance and a bewitching, persistent interplay with minerals and long berry fruit.
Volume: 13,5 % by vol.
Grape variety: Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris)
Production zone: Penon – Steep site above Kurtatsch, 550 m.a.s.l.
Soil: Sand and gravel soil
Yield per hectare: 7500 kg
Color: Straw yellow with glints of green
Vinification: 20% in barrique with subsequent organic malolactic fermentation; 80% fermented at controlled temperature in stainless-steel tanks, followed by maturation on the lees in large oak barrels.
Storage potential: 4-6 years
Total acidity: 5,8 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,8 g/l
PENON 500 - 700 m
The spectacularly located district of Penon, with altitudes ranging between 500 and 700 meters, is characterized by cooling nighttime katabatic winds. These winds cause substantial temperature differences between day and night, which together with the steep inclination of the vineyards yield a distinctive Pinot Grigio with an exceedingly lively acidity structure. The chalky gravel soils found here, which have a low capacity for holding water, lend this Pinot Grigio its distinctive, salty mouthfeel.