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Sophie

2020

Wine
Elegant and concentrated, charming and vigorous, challenging, fascinating and highly individual... An unmistakable blend of prestigious white grape varieties with cellaring potential. It is worth getting to know Sophie.

Grape varieties

Chardonnay 96 %, Viognier 4 %

Winemaking

Grapes were de-stemmed and left to macerate in the press for six hours to leach out aroma substances and body from the skins. Pressing was extremely slow and attentive, for our aim is to obtain a wine of maximum elegance. Fermentation took place in oak barrels of varying sizes using yeasts naturally occurring in the vineyards followed by a maturation period on the fine lees lasting nine months to enable the aroma and flavour to develop.

Site and soil

The grapes are grown in equal quantities in the “Lieben Aich” site at Terlan, and in the “Mazzon” site near Kaltern. Our Lieben Aich vineyard at Terlan is on a warm, west-facing slope at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level where Chardonnay and Sauvignon thrive in well-drained soils consisting of sand and clay mixed with eroded porphyry. Chardonnay and Viognier in the Mazzon site grow in our steepest vineyard in the parcel called “Leiten” with a gradient of up to 100%. It is south-west facing at an altitude between 350 to 400 metres above sea level with a unique microclimate and soils comprising clay and loess with a high content of calcium carbonate.

Bottled

19,700 bottles were filled in August 2021

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 1.9 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 Chardonnay grapes in Terlano and Mazzon at perfect maturity. Aromatic intensity, sugar concentration and acidity level were ideal. The yield was 40 hl per hectare.

Description and food recommendations

Bright scintillating yellow in the glass. Initially the aroma is fruity reminiscent of apricot, orange, acacia and lime blossom with an underlying mineral note of wet stone; fresh and lively in the mouth, concentrated, tasty, full though still slender; a wine of great character, density and structure, with a good acidity level and impressive persistence.

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

Serve: lightly chilled, 46 - 50 °F; this complex white wine will benefit from decanting and being served in Burgundy glasses. Great with oysters, salad of scallops, scampi, pike, marinated swordfish, poached turbot, sea bass. Also with goose, duck, foie gras, veal escalope, chicken or aromatic cheeses.

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

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