Alto Adige Sauvignon DOC KOFL
The Kofl Sauvignon unites grapes from some of the steepest slopes of Kurtatsch’s white-wine terroirs (480–650 m.a.s.l.). The Sauvignon vines are planted in calcareous alluvial soil with excellent drainage. Streams and rockfalls have carried a rich array of minerals from prehistoric and sedimentary rocks into the clayey soil. The vineyard’s proximity to the overlying mountain range guarantees a comparatively early sunset in the beginning of autumn. The katabatic winds that arise during the evening also ensure continual, natural cooling of the delicate grapes. Kofl is often tight and closed when it is young but its vigor, power and mineral backbone are clear to see. Maturation in large oak casks and stirring of the lees afford this elegant Sauvignon additional complexity and length. The hints of fruit are reminiscent of the wild aromas that the katabatic winds carry with them from the forests above: gooseberry, sage, elderberry and black currant.
Volume: 14,0% by vol.
Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Production zone: Steep hillside site – Kurtatsch 500 – 600 m.a.s.l.
Soil: clayey and calcareous sand
Yield per hectare: 7000 kg
Color: Pale yellow with glints of green
Vinification: Cold maceration for three hours; temperature-constrained fermentation in stainless steel tanks – maturation on the lees in large oak barrels
Storage potential: 4-6 years
Total acidity: 6,3 g/l
Residual sugar: 2,2 g/l
The Kofl Sauvingnon combines grapes from the steepest vineyards, which have chalky, pebbly soil are situated at 450 to 600 meters. The name Kofl means “mountaintop” in the Alps. The precipitous, rugged, chalky alluvial soils here have excellent drainage. Rockfalls and streams have brought a variety of primary and sedimentary rock, rich in minerals, into the soil. The nightly katabatic winds provide a continual, natural cooling of the delicate Sauvignon grapes, making this exposed site particularly suitable.