VINI D’ITALIA “GAMBERO ROSSO” - October 2018 - Tre Bicchieri
ROBERT PARKER - August 2018 - 94/100
JAMES SUCKLING - November 2018 - 95/100
Colterenzio is one of the most recent wineries in Alto Adige with over 300 families working behind the scenes. These families work year-round, and each autumn they deliver their precious, hand-harvested grapes to the winery. The philosophy of their winemakers is as follows: "The perfect piece of land is chosen for each variety, each and every vine is tended year-round and every single grape is carefully harvested by hand. It sounds like a lot of work – and it is. So why do we do it? That’s an easy question to answer: Only from the very best, healthy vineyard can we make good wines in the cellar. There’s no room for compromise. And that’s exactly what we stand for: uncompromising quality and authentic taste."
The grapes for this Chardonnay grow on old vines with very small yields. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 400 to 550 m ASL on dry morainic soils with a sand and gravel composition; the microclimate is cool, with striking contrasts between day and night time temperatures.
The grapes are pressed without being destemmed. Fermentation then takes place in a combination of new and used oak barriques, where partially malolactic fermentation also takes place. The wine rests on its fine lees for 10 months, and regular battonage is carried out. It then undergoes a further 6 months of bottle-ageing before being released.
This Chardonnay has a pale intense straw yellow colour tinged with green nuances. It is a full but well integrated wine, with nuances of honeydew melon, creamy fruit salad and nutty aromas. There is ample acidity with a delicate undertone of oak on the palate and a long, luscious finish. Its cellaring potential is between 6-10 years. This full-bodied wine is perfect on its own, but an incredible complement to rich fish dishes such as poached skate with mint cream sauce, Dover sole, Cicatelli pasta with fresh crab, stirfried scallops with ginger as well as being the perfect partner to chicken and pork.