SAN MICHELE APPIANO Sanct Valentin Chardonnay 2020
SAN MICHELE APPIANO
Grand and dignified, St. Michael-Eppan Winery has been enthroned in the center of South Tyrol’s most important wine-growing community for over a century. For more than two thousand years, wines have been grown in the area around Eppan, known for its ideal growing conditions, and it is these grapes that are being processed at St. Michael-Eppan Winery.
The 330 winemaking families that form the backbone of the winery joined forces in 1907 to create St. Michael-Eppan Winery. Their great passion is the wine with which they have been associated for generations. Offering knowledge, tradition and passion, each individual contributes to the fact that the winery is blessed with outstanding grapes, which are processed in the cellars with meticulous attention to detail and a great deal of skill.
“Respect for the grape is the top priority”
It is in the cellars that the processing of the grapes comes to completion, and it is here that tradition meets innovative winemaking technology.
Respect for the grape is the top priority, too: nothing is more important than accepting the particularities of the individual vineyard sites and the different grape varieties.
Exceptional, fully ripe grapes are a prerequisite for high-quality wines, and they are pressed with meticulous attention paid to different vineyard sites and differences in quality. Only through individual vinification can the unique terroir be emphasized and highlighted. The wine grows towards full maturity in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.
CHARDONNAY SANCT VALENTIN
This is one of the most popular grape varieties in the world, and it is one of the Winery’s favourites and this Chardonnay has been in Sanct Valentin’s top line since 1986. Grown only in selected microzones of Appiano, the resulting grapes are excellent and produce a high-quality and vigorous, yet elegant, wine. Excellent balance, well-integrated acidity and great ageing potential are the core characteristics of this top range wine.
- AT SIGHT: Straw yellow with a light green luster
- TO THE NOSE: Fruity aroma of ripe fruit and notes of smoky vanilla
- ON THE PALATE: Strong, mineral, unforgettable
Sites: Premium selected vineyards in the municipality of Eppan (450–550m)
Exposure: Southeast, southwest
Soil: Sandy limestone gravel (or calcareous gravel soils)
Training System: Guyot
Mid of september; harvest and selection of grapes by hand.
Fermentation, malolactic fermentation and development on the lees in barrique-tonneaux. Assemblage takes place after almost a year, followed by at least eight months of further maturation in steel tanks.
Pairs well with hearty dishes like fritto misto (fried seafood), porcini-mushroom ravioli with cream sauce and risotto with Graukäse cheese and chili. It also goes well with roasted chicken and “Wiener Schnitzel”.
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