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Kalterersee Keil

2019

Wine
Easy to enjoy and charming, fruity, smooth, elegant and still of uncompromising quality – eminently quaffable but rich in nuances.

Grape varieties

Various varieties of the Vernatsch family; old vines.

Winemaking

The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed and fermented in open wooden vats, partially using yeasts naturally occurring on the grapes. Skin contact lasted one week at relatively low temperatures (24° C) with the skins being gently pushed down in the embryonic wine once per day. The aroma and flavour of the wine were refined during five months’ maturation on the fine lees in a large oak barrels.

Site and soil

Vigna “der Keil” (monopole) at an altitude of 250 m above sea level; south-facing sites overlooking the Lake of Kaltern, among the warmest in all South Tyrol. The old vines are pergola-trained and grown in sandyclay soils rich in calcium carbonate.

Bottled

23,500 bottles were filled in March 2020.

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 0.6 g/l
Alcohol: 13 % vol.
Acidity: malolactic fermentation: 4.8 g/l

Vintage

2019 was not a year for volume, but in terms of quality it was very good and in some cases excellent. The new shoots appeared early, but cold and wet weather in April and May held back vegetation growth to such an extent that it became a late year. A long ripening period in combination with a golden autumn finally created the conditions for a great vintage. The Schiava grapes were harvested at the end of September. The berries were at optimum maturity, with the skins still firm. The yield was 48 hl per hectare.

Description and food recommendations

Bright soft-hued ruby. Delicately fruity on the nose reminiscent of cherry and toasted almonds, juicy on the palate, extremely “quaffable” and elegant on the finish.

Enjoy at optimum maturity from early summer 2020to the end of 2023.

Serve: cool but not chilled, 53 - 57 °F
Goes especially well with South Tyrolean platters of cold cuts (speck), ideal for social drinking, perfect for a big bowl of pasta or any dish based on tomato, garlic and olive oil, white meats though also fried fish

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

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