Now is the time for our top red wines Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano, Steinraffler Lagrein, and Yngram from the 2010 vintage and our signature white wine Barthenau Vigna S. Michele Pinot Bianco from the 2011 vintage to be released. The Kolbenhof Gewürztraminter 2012 is still resting on its fine lees in stainless steel and will first be bottled mid-June. To whet your appetite, we offer you tasting notes of these wines. We invited friends of our winery and professionals from South Tyrolean restaurants and hotels to the Barthenau Estate at the end of April to contribute the following notes.
Barthenau Vigna S. Michele Pinot Bianco 2011
Colour: pale straw yellow with green highlights.
Nose: the intense bouquet initially exhibits flint stone and bread crust, then golden delicious apple accompanied by subtle aromas of citrus fruit, fresh pineapple, and green mango.
Palate: refreshing and juicy with ripe, vibrant acid and fine minerals. Very elegant body.
Overall impression: a youthful wine that is still somewhat restrained and will first achieve its full potential after around two years of bottle maturation.
Kolbenhof Gewürztraminer 2012
Colour: golden yellow with bright highlights.
Nose: intense fruity-floral aromas of rose petals, litchi, honeydew melon, quince, pear, clove, and acacia honey. A very refreshing wine that still displays subtle peppery notes and an elegant, delicate yeasty fragrance.
Palate: soft and fresh with intense fruit, powerful, velvety and a long finish.
Overall impression: barrel sample, very typical Gewürztraminer, expressive, elegant with a fine, dry finish. A wine for the future!
Steinraffler Lagrein 2010
Colour: intense, dark cherry red with purple highlights.
Nose: subtle vanilla fragrance accompanied by toasty aromas, spicy-fruity notes of blackberry, cherry, black currant, bay leaf and cocoa.
Palate: warm, youthful, very fine-grained and firm tannin structure. Complex with a long finish.
Overall impression: a classic Lagrein with a very elegant style and plenty of ageing potential.
Colour: brilliant reddish purple.
Nose: fruity fragrance of blackberries, black currant juice, and juicy red cherries. Subtle spice reminiscent of white pepper, mint, bell pepper, liquorice, cedar, and leather.
Palate: velvety, youthful tannins. A deep and mineral wine with a harmonious finish.
Overall impression: an “international South Tyrolean”. A warm, persistent with accompanied by a refreshing Alpine breeze.
Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano 2010
Colour: brilliant cherry red.
Nose: subtle floral bouquet with intense fruity notes of raspberry, amarelle cherry and wild forest berries. Restrained vanilla aroma and soft, elegant toasty nuances.
Palate: refreshing, fine acidity, mineral character, fruity and complex, fine-boned tannin structure, fleshy, long persistent finish.
Overall impression: 2010 was a great year for Pinot Nero and a masterpiece from the “Vigna S. Urbano” vineyard at the Barthenau Estate. This vintage truly expresses the terroir of this great and unique mountain site.