Unfortunately this is one of those wines I tasted a while back, recalled the imagery and never had a second chance to get a description going. So this may be one of the few times I remember it straight from the few notes I jotted down: It was wonderfully delicate with an essence of round fruit and flower notes held together and controlled, as if by handles of a steering wheel, by a slightly grainy minerality that's sour and tart on the finish. It definitely fell more on the "greener" side-- a bright green-yellow.
Grapes, Growing & Geography: The Riesling grapes come from two main municipalities nearby-- Bressanone and Varna, both located in Trentino-Alto Adige. The Abbey of Novecella lies in the northen-most winegrowing region of the southern alps (2133-2297ft), the soil is mostly morainal (granite schist created by glaciers), and they produce a wide variety of wines spanning reds and whites, common and obscure. The Riesling is vinified using the Guyot System, which is one of the least complicated and easiest ways to maintain growing systems that restrain yields, and then partially harvested in Mid-October and then again in Mid-December before being fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Winemaker: Celestino Lucin (2009 Winemaker of the Year)
Producer, Distributor & Importer: Abbazia di Novacella and Michael Skurnik Wines http://www.kloster-neustift.it
ABV: 12.9% - practicing organic
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