GRAPE VARIETY: Chardonnay
PRODUCTION ZONE: The south-facing slope of the hills of Kurtatsch - Pichl
SOIL: Sandy and gravelly soil
VINIFICATION: Five percent of the juice is fermented in used small oak casks, where the organic malolactic fermentation also takes place. The remainder is fermented in temperature-controlled steel tanks.
COLOR: Straw yellow with green reflections
ABOUT THE WINE: Until the mid 1980s the two Burgundian varieties Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay were both known as Weissburgunder in South Tyrol, the former as Grüner (green) Weissburgunder, the latter as Gelber (yellow) Weissburgunder. The two 'Burgunder' vines were introduced into South Tyrol in the 1860s. Pichl is a southwest facing vineyard on calcareous soils close to the hamlet of Penon which perches on the incredibly steep mountainside above Kurtatsch. The prime parts of the site face south overlooking the Adige Valley. Here the soil layers rich in calcium carbonate are medium-deep to deep with irregular veins of clay and quartz. The 'Pichl' Chardonnay is characterised by firm, mouth-watering acidity, a taut wine reminiscent in aroma of an Oriental fruit market with hints of banana, vanilla, biscuits and dried fruits. In spite of its creamy texture it has a bracingly acidulous finish in which the flavour of southern fruit is accompanied by balsamic spice discreetly reminiscent of walnut.
Allergic-Info: This wine can contain sulfites
yr. 2010 Falstaff Magazin:
88 of 100 Points.
"Falstaff Magazin" has rated the wine "Kellerei Kurtatsch 'Pichl' Chardonnay, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy" from the vintage 2010 on 13.07.2011 with 88 of 100 points.
Straw yellow. Subdued fragrance of exotic fruits. Well balanced on the palate with delicate acidity; very harmonious wine with fruity and long lasting aftertaste. Ideal in combination with light meat dishes as well as vegetarian variations of vegetable rice.
Full, bright yellow with greenish reflexes; a fresh aroma of apple and apricot with a hint of sage on the nose; concentrated and elegant on the palate with excellent length.
Color: yellow with green hues; Aroma: intensive bouquet with notes of apricots and tropical fruits; Taste: well balanced with a light trace of yeast and vanilla, persistent with a long finish