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 Riesling
Riesling is the flagship variety at Falkenstein, representing 50% of all plantings. The Pratzners have planted Riesling at a density of 9,000-13,000 vines per hectare in the their highest elevation sites, where riesling develops unmistakable aromas. Hand harvest is extremely selective and typically occurs during the first half of October. Afterwards, grapes are processed delicately and transferred to large acacia casks to start fermentation. Here they remain for 10 months. After bottling, the wine is cellared for a further 12 months.
- Alto Adige
- Val Venosta
- Sandy clay, prehistoric rock
- 10 months acacia cask, 1 year bottle
- Neutral acacia cask
- 750 ml
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