Schiava Grigia DOC Sonntaler

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Italy  Alto Adige 

This is consistently my (Joëlle's) favourite wine in the whole Kurtatsch range.

It starts quite light in flavour, red fruit (redcurrant, grenadine) but then develops in power and complexity. Perfectly happy to be sipped on its own, but I dare you not to be intrigued as to what foods you might want to pair it with

Winemaker Kellerei Kurtatsch
Features Reserve, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Carbon Neutral, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Schiava Grigia
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DNA tasting tells us little about this grape other than the similarly named grapes which are not related!

It comes from Alto Adige in the north of Italy and is a lightly coloured wine that has gentle aromas and flavours of perfume and red fruits. Some hints of pomegranate, violet and almonds are in the mix. The tannins are light.

This is the perfect summer red which will please all those who often find red wine too heavy for al fresco dining.

Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Kellerei Kurtatsch
Country Italy
Region Alto Adige
Features Reserve, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Carbon Neutral, Vegetarian and Vegan
AOC Alto Adige
Aged In Foudre (big wood)
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Schiava Grigia
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Low Added Sulphur, Malolactic
Antipasti, charcuterie, cold meats, pasta
Vintage 2019

This is just such a surprising wine it is hard to write tasting notes for it as your brain will expect one thing from its visual aspect - a translucent red gem, so light it's barely red wine - and its depth and intensity of flavour

The tannins are ghostly.

Some hints of pomegranate, violet and almonds are always in the mix. 

2019
Product Code 39KH1519
Size 75cl
Alcohol 13.5
In a nutshell A rare Alpine light red, superbly fruity
2017
Product Code 39KH1517
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12.5
In a nutshell A rare Alpine light red, superbly fruity
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  • When the Romans conquered Bolzano on the northern conquest they found a wine growing culture already 500 years old!
  • Its presumed that Vernatsch was already being grown at this time, the name Vernatsch comes from the Latin vernaculus meaning “native”.
  • Grauvernatsch is the much sought after prized variety of Vernatsch which takes its name from the silky grey gossamer film that covers the grapes at maturity. The grapes also tend to be smaller and less dense with a higher flavour concentration.
  • These grapes grow on some of the vineyards oldest vines ( average age 60 years old/ oldest 87 years) producing very low but high quality yields.
  • The vineyards used are in average 60 years old, the oldest plot is today 87 years old.
  • The vineyards are located in the first, well ventilated slopes in Kurtatsch, from 250-350m of altitude. Schiava loves the warm climate, therefore these warm slopes in the sunny Kurtatsch in the south of Alto Adige are perfect for the Schiava Grigia.
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