Elena Walch 2017 "Kastelaz" Gewurztraminer, Alto Adige
Elena Walch 2017 "Kastelaz" Gewurztraminer, Alto Adige, Italy
Elena Walch is a leading Alto Adige wine estate, in family hands, and belongs to the elite in Italian wine production, with international success.
Winemaker: Elana Walch
VINEYARDS: Grown exclusively in the Kastelaz site above Tramin, in the Alto Adige DOC, where the variety originated. The vineyard sits at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level and is composed of a mixture of chalk and clay.
VINIFICATION AND AGING Very carefully selected, fully ripe grapes get selected, picked in two harvests. Before pressing, the crushed berries are cold macerated for 6 hours, after which the juice is clarified by refrigeration and natural sedimentation. Fermentation is activated using selected yeasts and the temperature is controlled at 64°F. The young wine remains on its lees for several months.
SCORES: 94pts, Vinous: "Dark bright yellow. Aromas and flavors of smoked beef, rose petal, grapefruit oil, cinnamon and lychee. The finish is long, very pure, and balanced. Absolutely beautiful Gewürz Kastelaz that packs a wallop of fruit and spicy notes without being over the top. The Kastelaz is an extremely hot site that can give blowsy, too opulent Gewürzes but not so this year." - December, 2018, Ian D’Agata
The recognized single-vineyard Vigna site of “Kastelaz” dominates the landscape of the wine village of Tramin. The term Vigna is an additional denomination of origin, recognizing a precisely demarcated and cartographically recorded single vineyard. Sloped at an imposing 63 degrees with a rare full Southern exposure, this narrowly terraced vineyard scales from 330 to 380 meters above sea level on a layered structure of loose limestone soils, interspersed with post-glacial sand, granite, and porphyry. The best elements of Alto Adige viticulture are further magnified here, as the south-facing position grants even more of the region’s ubiquitous sunshine, while strong winds and altitude engender very cool evening temperatures. From here, Elena Walch exclusively bottles two top wines, a ripe yet elegant Merlot Riserva and an internationally-recognized Gewürztraminer that powerfully reflects the unique growing conditions the vineyard presents.
Encouraging quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the head of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international esteem for her efforts. An architect by trade, Elena Walch became a part of one of the oldest and most significant wine families of the region and brought new, modern concepts to the traditional establishment.
Now, the responsibility for the family business is being put into the hands of the daughters, Julia and Karoline Walch, already the fifth generation. The philosophy of the estate is dedicated to its terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation. The firm belief that the quality of wine is created in the vineyard requires uncompromising work, taking into account the individuality of each vineyard. With 60 hectares in cultivation, including the two top vineyards VIGNA Castel Ringberg in Caldaro und VIGNA Kastelaz in Tramin, Elena Walch belongs to the most important protagonists of Alto Adige winemaking. The wines show character, elegance and great personality, reflecting the most professional winemaking. The superb climatic conditions and the excellent location of the vineyards produce fresh and fruity white wines as well as concentrated and velvety red wines.
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