Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Vineyard / Origin: Like Vigna S. Urbano, Vigna Roccolo is a small, extraordinary “cru” within the Mazon vineyard. During the period in history that Ludwig von Barthenau owned it, Pinot Noir thrived in the heart of this vineyard next to a “roccolo”, a bird snare construction. This Pinot Noir possesses the enormous potential originating from an exceptional site in which a significant portion of the vines is over 70 years old.
Only the term "Vigna" guarantees the origin of a single-vineyard wine in Alto Adige.
Soil: A mixture of clay, lime, eroded porphyry and fine gravel.
Winemaking: Grapes are manually selected, then de-stemmed and selected once again by hand on a sorting table. After a brief, cool maceration to enhance fruit aroma, the must ferments for 10 days at a constant temperature.
Maturation: Maturation occurs in three phases. In the first phase, the wine matures for around 18 months in small oak barrels. After assemblage, it remains for another 6 months in large oak casks. Once the wine is bottled, it is allowed to rest for another 12 months in the Barthenau Estate cellar.
Description: The dark ruby colour of this Pinot Noir already suggests its superb concentration. Its aromatic depth opens generously in the glass: a multifaceted fragrance of amarelle cherry and lingonberry is accompanied by delicate vanilla and subtle oak spice. The highly elegant palate impresses with precisely chiselled acid structure, velvety tannins, and a compelling, long finish.
Food Choices: Red meats, venison and game, and mild cheeses.