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Barthenau Hofstatter 2001

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Wine-making: The grapes are lightly crushed and destemmed leaving around 25 % whole and undamaged when they are conveyed into the fermentation tank. The must is macerated with the skins at low temperature in order to refi ne the fruit aromas, after which the fermentation begins, lasting for around 10 days at a constant temperature of 28 ˚C. Maturation: The maturation in oak casks takes place in two phases, each lasting one year. The young wine is kept in small oak casks for one year, after which a uniform blend is made. The wine is subsequently matured in one large cask for a year, after which it is fi lled and matured in bottle for a further year in the cellars of the Barthenau manor house before release. Organoleptic characteristics: A superb Pinot Noir, whose concentration is clearly heralded by its dark ruby colour. Initially it seems somewhat closed on the nose, then opens up to reveal its authentic, noble Pinot Noir origins. The aroma reminiscent of sour cherry and raspberry is enhanced by a delicate hint of vanilla and spice. On the palate it shows excellent harmony with elegant acidity,well-integrated sweet tannins and enormous concentration of aromas.

Region: Italy » Alto Adige

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Winery: J. Hofstätter
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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J. Hofstätter:
Taking stock of the past ten years I can confidently assert that the exceptional character of our local vineyards and grape varieties is reflected in our wines more than ever. South Tyrol’s best-known vines are cultivated in the Hofstätter wine estate. We even enjoy the unique privilege of owning vineyards in the finest sites on both sides of the Adige River in southern South Tyrol. However, it... Read more
Taking stock of the past ten years I can confidently assert that the exceptional character of our local vineyards and grape varieties is reflected in our wines more than ever. South Tyrol’s best-known vines are cultivated in the Hofstätter wine estate. We even enjoy the unique privilege of owning vineyards in the finest sites on both sides of the Adige River in southern South Tyrol. However, it is precisely the work in the vineyards which I find the most challenging: decades of monoculture have exhausted the soils, sapped them of their vigour, the vigour which the grapevine needs to stay healthy and unfold its vitality to the full. And today the vine needs vital force more than ever before to withstand the increasingly extreme weather conditions. The word ‘terroir’ is often bandied about, as if it referred to an established factor, while in reality it is subject to the very same fluctuations that the far-sighted winegrower is confronted with in his daily work. He needs to recognise the elementary preconditions necessary for vines to yield superlative, distinctive, unmistakable wines, cultivating, fine-tuning and focusing his methods. This is the only way to enhance the quality of grapes in a vineyard which has always produced excellent fruit. I am striving to attain this without advance knowledge of the extent to which the world-wide ecological challenges are to be surmounted in a small organism such as a vineyard. I am confident that a workable solution will be found! Read less

External Reviews for Barthenau Hofstatter

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
08/25/2008

A superb Pinot Noir, whose concentration is clearly heralded by its dark ruby color. Initially it seems somewhat closed on the nose, then opens up to reveal its authentic, noble Pinot Noir origins. The aroma reminiscent of sour cherry and raspberry is enhanced by a delicate hint of vanilla and spice. On the palate it shows excellent harmony with elegant acidity, well-integrated sweet tannins and enormous concentration of aromas.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
05/28/2008

BARTHENAU 2001 HOFSTATTER A superb Pinot Noir, whose concentration is clearly heralded by its dark ruby color. Initially it seems somewhat closed on the nose, then opens up to reveal its authentic, noble Pinot Noir origins. The aroma reminiscent of sour cherry and raspberry is enhanced by a delicate hint of vanilla and spice. On the palate it shows excellent harmony with elegant acidity, well-integrated sweet tannins and enormous concentration of aromas.



Wine-making: The grapes are lightly crushed and destemmed leaving around 25 % whole and undamaged when they are conveyed into the fermentation tank. The must is macerated with the skins at low temperature in order to refi ne the fruit aromas, after which the fermentation begins, lasting for around 10 days at a constant temperature of 28 ˚C. Maturation: The maturation in oak casks takes place in two phases, each lasting one year. The young wine is kept in small oak casks for one year, after which a uniform blend is made. The wine is subsequently matured in one large cask for a year, after which it is fi lled and matured in bottle for a further year in the cellars of the Barthenau manor house before release. Organoleptic characteristics: A superb Pinot Noir, whose concentration is clearly heralded by its dark ruby colour. Initially it seems somewhat closed on the nose, then opens up to reveal its authentic, noble Pinot Noir origins. The aroma reminiscent of sour cherry and raspberry is enhanced by a delicate hint of vanilla and spice. On the palate it shows excellent harmony with elegant acidity,well-integrated sweet tannins and enormous concentration of aromas.

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