Kalterersee Classico Superiore Alexander 2020
DOC Südtirol, Nicolussi-Leck, 750 ml
Vernatsch «Alexander» thrives at 350 m above sea level on a south-facing slope below the Leuchtenburg ruins on porphyry bedrock. This unique location near Lake Kaltern with its deep soil makes it possible to produce an expressive and complex Vernatsch with good storage qualities. The fragrance fan of strawberries, white pepper, liquorice and cooked plums combine to form a red-fruited, spicy composition. On the palate, the flavours of blood orange, rosehip, hibiscus, and pepper interweave. Tip: Serve slightly chilled!
|Italy / Alto Adige / Alto Adige
|1 to 5 years after harvest
|16 to 18 °C
|Cold fish dish, dried meat, Spiced grillades, Cheese board, Goat's cheese, Pizza or Flammkuchen, Vegetable flan, quiche
|fully destemmed, fermentation in wooden barrel, fermentation in steel tank
|hand-picking, strict selection, in small boxes
|partly in steel tank, partly in wooden barrel/foudre
The Kreithof, as the ancestral estate is known, is located near the idyllic Lake Caldaro in South Tyrol (Alto Adige) and has been cultivated by the Nicolussi-Leck family since 1915. Standing guard over it are the medieval ruins of Leuchtenburg Castle, which – like the estate – dates back to the 13th century and was presumably also associated with nearby Laimburg Castle in the Etsch Valley.
Today, the winery is run by Jakob Nicolussi and his wife Stephanie with his parents’ support. Around 5 hectares lie between the lake and Leuchtenburg. There are east, south and west-facing slopes at about 350 metres above sea level, some with a gradient of up to 40% and warm, loamy soils and the porphyry rock of Mitterberg mountain. Each vineyard or plot of land has its own unique microclimate and soil composition that distinguish it from the others. This diversity was used to select the ideal location for each grape variety.
Alto Adige: Alpenweine mit südlichem Charme
Am Alpenübergang gelegen verfügt das Südtirol über eine grosse Palette an Mirkroklimata und Bodentypen. Dies macht es möglich, dass hier über 20 verschiedene Sorten optimale Bedingungen vorfinden. Vernatsch, Lagrein und Gewürztraminer gelten als alteingesessene Südtiroler Gewächse, doch auch die Familie der Burgundergewächse finden hier ideale Bedingungen vor. In wichtigen Weinführern wie etwa dem «Gambero Rosso» erhält das Südtirol regelmässig die meisten Höchstbewertungen («Tre Bicchieri») im Verhältnis zur Rebfläche in ganz Italien.
Italy – Where wine is a way of life
The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.