This delicate, slender, pale red the Vernatsch variety was grown o old vines in the Menzenhof farmstead at Cornaiano. Its vibrant fruit and delicately bitter aftertaste make the Menzenhof the most typical varietal Vernatsch wine in all South Tyrol.
Description: Traditionally the finest Vernatsch wines are made with grapes a mixture of very mature Klein-, Mitter- and Grau-Vernatsch vines, as evidenced in this deliciously fruity example: bright, pale red in colour with an intense fresh aroma of summer berry fruits, a hint of morello cherry, mild and full on the palate with an attractive nuance of bitterness on the finish.
Food Choices: The wine of choice for social drinking among South Tyroleans, it makes an excellent partner for platters of cold meat cuts, mild cheeses, pasta with meat sauces, pizza, smoked or meaty fish. Serve cool, 14° C.
Grape Variety: 100 % Vernatsch (aka Schiava) old plantings.
Sites: Schreckbichl - Menzenhof wine farmstead. Soils comprise morainal deposits mixed with sand and eroded porphyry, ideal for yielding this delicious Vernatsch wine.
Yield: 70 hl/ha
Winemaking: Fermentation with the skins in stainless steel tanks at a constant temperature of approx. 25°C, followed by malolactic fermentation. The finished wine is briefly matured in cask before bottling in spring while it preserves its youthful freshness.
Allergic-Info: This wine can contain sulfites
yr. 2016 Vinum Wine Magazine:
16 of 20 Points.
"Vinum Wine Magazine" has rated the wine "Colterenzio-Schreckbichl 'Menzen' Vernatsch Sudtirol - Alto Adige" from the vintage 2016 on 01.05.2018 with 16 of 20 points.
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