KARAL - Alto Adige Pinot Nero, DOC 2019
Bright ruby red, fruity, elegant berry aromas, delicate spices, silky tannins, rich and elegant.
The Pinot Nero comes from the historic Preyhof not far from Sallegg Castle in Paese di Mezzo above Caldaro. It is a Pinot Nero vineyard of rare excellence: slightly cooler, with less intensive sunshine and ideal soil. Rich ruby red in color, the Pinot Noir KARAL reveals notes of red fruit, cherry and blueberry. The interplay continues on the palate, spiced with delicate wood notes. The balanced acidity and silky tannins reinforce the firm structure of the wine. The finish is elegant and persistent.
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes from the oldest Pinot Noir vines at the Preyhof. Cold maceration (5 days) followed by fermentation and gentle pressing. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Ageing in barriques and tonneaux (20% new). Assemblage after 12 months’ ageing in the barrel followed by bottling and at least another 6 months of ageing in the bottle.
100% Pinot Nero
Caldaro, Preyhof, Prey: 550 m above sea-level, deep, humus-rich clay soil on calcareous gravel
Alcohol 14% by vol. Acidity 6.2 g/l Residual sugar 0.4 g/l
5 years, very good vintages also longer
Ideal with beef tartare, stewed and roasted meats, lamb and game dishes, mild soft cheese
14 – 16°C
Vintage 2019: Gault Millau (4 grappoli), James Suckling (93)
Bottle sizes: 750 ml / 1500 ml
Karal: A reminder of Archduke Heinrich (1828 – 1891), a love story and his morganatic marriage with Leopoldine Baroness von Waidek. He lived with his family in Bolzano and Sallegg Castle.
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