Pinot Noir G-Stück 2018
Winemaking like 100 years ago. The grapes for the G-Stück are sourced from the historical vineyard sites Thal and Käferberg, where the vines grow on chalky sands and crystalline rocks. The "G" stands for "Ganz" which translates to "whole". The healthy and ripe grape is picked by hand and brought to the cellar where it is vinified as a "whole piece", that is, berries and stems. The technique is ancient. After fermentation has started there is no mechanical interaction, the grapes are simply left to ferment gently and slowly. When the fermentation is complete we press the grapes, removing all the sugar from the still closed berries and then fermenting the juice dry in a second fermentation without the skins. The result is a complex and fluid expression of the terroir we work with. Unique and purely handcrafted. The accompanying artwork on the label comes from the young South Tyrolean artist Julian Oberhofer.
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Selected by hand in mid September. The whole grapes (with stems) ferment in small, open fermenters. While one part is crushed, the other part remains untouched (the berries ferment in their own skin; intercellular). Pressed off gently after 3 weeks. Final fermentation in a small used oak barrel. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Matured on the lees for several months. This wine was bottled unfiltered with a minimal addition of sulphur. Bottled at high atmospheric pressure during the waxing moon in spring 2020.
Wide and individual aroma, red berries in the core, cranberries, some raspberry notes, also rose hip, then follow lower frequencies, deep and spice herbal note, roasted almonds and cornel cherries, slightly smoky. The palate is cool and fresh, with refined aromas of cranberries, cherries and mediterranean herbs, juicy and filigree with fantastic grip in the long finish.
13 % vol.
Slightly chilled, 16°C.