Vigna AU Chardonnay Riserva Alto Adige DOC 2015

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Situated to the northeast of Niclara at 853-1,050 feet above sea level, the Grand Cru quality Vigna AU enjoys ideal southeastern exposure and is planted to 100% Chardonnay vines, some of which exceed 50 years in age. Vigna AU Chardonnay Riserva ferments in small oak barrels where the wine will rest for nearly one year and where it will undergo malolactic fermentation while on its lees. After this the wine is placed in stainless steel tanks for six months where it is clarified by natural sedimentation. "Vigna AU" Chardonnay Riserva is bottled in the appropriate phase of the moon and left to mature in bottle for another year.

About the Vineyard

Highly loamy sand with an elevated limestone and salt content dominate the loose and very deep morainic soil. At almost 5 %, the humus level is above-average. The high clay content is responsible for the pleasing level of acidity in the Chardonnay grapes and wine. The limestone content encourages the development of yellow fruit notes.

Wine Production

The grapes are harvested at phenolic maturity with a good sugar-acid balance. They are gently crushed and the must allowed to ferment spontaneously in small oak barrels. The young wine undergoes malolactic fermentation on the lees. After a year, all the wine is placed in stainless steel tanks for six months for clarification by natural sedimentation. The wine is bottled in the appropriate phase of the moon and left to mature in the bottle for one more year.

Tasting Notes

Clear and shimmering straw yellow, Vigna AU Chardonnay Riserva reveals brooding aromas of flint and walnut before time in the glass reveals a complex bouquet of tropical fruits and flowers. On the palate, the wine is firm and taught in texture. Full in body, AU shows considerable depth of flavor and bracing acidity that will carry through many years of development in bottle. A harmonious and lingering finish is a signature of exceptional quality.

Food Pairing

Like many of the world's high quality Chardonnay wines, Vigna AU is extremely versatile.  The wine's own depth and complexity makes it a wonderful wine to contemplate on its own, but it will also pair exceptionally well with a wide range of dishes that incorporate a degree of richness as well as layers of different flavors.  Consider anything from meatier seafood offerings through to roasted or grilled poultry, pork, veal, etc.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
AU
Vineyard size:
2 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous, Silt, Sand, and Clay-Loam
Training method:
Pergola/Arbor-trained Guyot
Elevation:
853-1,050 feet
Vines/acre:
3,240
Yield/acre:
5.6 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted:
1967 and later
Average Vine Age:
40
Harvest time:
Beginning of September
First vintage of this wine:
2014
Bottles produced of this wine:
3,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
20 days
Fermentation temperature:
65-68 °F
Malolactic fermentation:
Full
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
2.25 hl
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
11 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.0 %
Residual sugar:
0.7 g/L
Acidity:
6.1 g/L

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