The J. Hofstätter estate owns several farmsteads, including five historic aristocratic “Ansitze”, aristocratic residences typical for South Tyrol. These farmsteads are located on both the east and west sides of the Adige River, which is unique for this region.
Terroir: Massive prehistoric glaciers dug a broad gorge in the porphyry massif between the Ortler Alps and the Dolomites and created the Adige River and Lake Caldaro, which is fed by groundwater. Soils are made up of light marl. Vines average 25+ years old.
Vinification: The grapes are lightly crushed and the juice is cold macerated for a few hours together with the skins. The mass is then pressed, the must is clarified by natural sedimentation and fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature. The young wine is aged on it’s lees for 6 months in temperature controlled stainless steel tank. All these procedures combine to exalt the typical varietal character of the wine.
This is a highly individual wine and a textbook Gewürztraminer: full, bright straw yellow, concentrated with a strong aromatic character reminiscent of dried flowers and rose petals which develops and intensifies in the glass. Full-bodied, luscious but dry on the palate, the opulence cut by vibrant, firm acidity.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
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