Alto Adige | Val Venosta | Naturno

The Alpine vineyards of Alto Adige/Südtirol are among the steepest and highest. It’s at these heights that the Falkenstein vineyards perch & it’s here that the Pratzner family organically farm 12 hectares of riesling, pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc, and pinot noir, on terraces hewn from sandy, glacially distributed soils. A long growing season, sharp diurnals, and excellent expositions coupled with the deliberate selection of acacia for fermentation and aging of their whites all contribute to the Pratzners’ supremely incisive expressions of the mountain terroir.

Falkenstein 2016 Pinot Noir (Blauburgunder)

Pinot noir grown here has compact grape clusters with small berries. Following hand harvest in mid-September, the grapes are left in large oak vats for three to four weeks, during which time they are continuously mixed and macerated by hand. After this, the wine is transferred to French oak barrique (only 10-15% new), where the wine completes malolactic and remains on the lees for 12 months. Following the barrel aging the wine is racked to stainless steel for approx. 7 months before being bottled. Once bottled, the wine sees another year in cellar to develop its characteristic elegance.

  • 2015
  • Pinot Noir
  • Italy
  • Alto Adige
  • Val Venosta
  • South
  • Sandy clay, prehistoric rock
  • 12 months neutral barrique (10-15% new), 7 months stainless, 1 year bottle
  • Neutral oak cask
  • 0.5
  • 750 ml

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