What’s in a name?

Eichhorn

2020

Wine
Much and little. It’s known locally as Weissburgunder, in France Pinot Blanc. And still, our Pinot Bianco Eichhorn combines Alpine and Mediterranean traits: vivid and flowery like a mountain meadow; long, lingering and aromatic like the sea.

Grape variety

Pinot Blanc

Winemaking

The grapes were de-stemmed, after which the juice and solid parts (minus stalks) were left to macerate in the press for eight hours in order to leech from the skins a maximum of aroma substances and extract. Fermentation was spontaneous and took place in oak using yeasts occurring naturally in the vineyard. The young wine was matured in oak barrels on the fine lees for nine months to allow its aromas and flavour to develop.

Site and soil

The “Liebeneich” site at Terlan, “Eichhorn” vineyard. A south-west facing slope at an altitude of 300 m above sea level where the micro climate is mild and breezy and soils are porous with a high mineral content consisting of sand and clay mixed with eroded porphyry.

Bottled

15.900 bottles were filled in August 2021.

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 1.8 g/l
Alcohol: 13,5 % vol.
Acidity: malolactic fermentation: 5.9 g/l

Vintage

2020 brought us an early harvest with good qualities and nice quantities. The new shoots appeared not very early, but a very warm spring and a balanced summer were optimal for the development of the vines, so that we already started harvesting on 25 August. During the harvest, there were repeated phases of rain, but with our quickness and our meticulous selection work, we were able to bring very good qualities into the cellar. We harvested our Pinot blanc grapes at full maturity in the middle of September. Aromatic intensity, sugar concentration and acidity level were ideal, while yield was relatively low at just 38 hl per hectare.

Description and food recommendations

Bright yellow in the glass. Fruity, reminiscent of ripe apple and white blossom, minerally, redolent of wet limestone. Succulent on the palate with tangy, mineral acidity finishing long with lingering fruit on the aftertaste.

Enjoy at optimum maturity from autumn 2021 to the end of 2028.

Serve: lightly chilled, 46 - 50 °F; in its youth the wine will benefit from decanting; serve in Burgundy glasses. Delicious with lightly flavoured fish dishes, seafood, vegetarian dishes, tangy cheeses and makes an excellent aperitif

Distributor: Manincor, San Giuseppe al Lago 4, 39052 Caldaro/Italy

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