Good wine originates in the vine-yard – even more so, excellent wine. Excellent wines demand the very best grapes from exceptionally good sites in outstanding vintages. Each grape is meticulously selected by hand and its quality ascertained.
This is the kind of fruit that grows in the Hofstätter vineyards, vineyards that are historically a part of the wine estate in Tramin. Three vintners recognized the potential of these vineyards and vineyard parcels decades ago and contributed significantly to the subsequent success of the Josef Hofstätter estate. These single vineyard wines are dedicated to these pioneers and their handwritten signatures adorn the wine labels. Each wine embodies the intrinsic style of its vineyard; its inimitable character can be sensorially experienced.
Vigna Roccolo – Pinot Nero
Particularly flavourful Pinot Noir grapes ripen at the Barthenau estate on the high plateau of Mazon in the Roccolo vineyard parcel. This is the fruit of old vines that have grown in a traditional pergola for over 70 years. These precious grapes are harvested and vinified separately and matured in small oak barrels. A concentrated, exceptionally multi-layered and elegant Pinot Noir is the result. It impresses with supple, delicate acid structure – the spine of every great Pinot. This extraordinary wine, which is rooted in the outstanding plots of the elevated Mazzon plateau, is the pinnacle of the estate’s Pinot Noir wines.
Serendipity. By pure serendipity, Martin Foradori Hofstätter’s grandfather (father’s side) was able to acquire three farmsteads and their lands in Mazon at the end of the 1930s; the Barthenau estate was among them. The farmers in the small, scattered settlement cultivated fruit trees, corn and even tobacco, but very few vines. A couple of vines stood next to a roccolo, a bird snare construction. Bird snare constructions were once a regional tradition and a few continue to exist in tranquil locations in mountainous regions. The Mazon plateau, highly elevated above the Adige River continues to be such a peaceful place today. The historic vineyard parcel name Roccolo documents the origin of the new Pinot Noir in the Hofstätter wine assortment.
Ludwig Barth von Barthenau. Ludwig Barth, a university professor with a passion for wine, built the eponymous estate in Mazon at the end of the 19th century. He planted Pinot Noir there for the first time, which subsequently proved to be quite a success. ¶ The elevated plateau situated above Neumarkt offers Pinot Noir an ideal terroir. It is not only quite a prestigious wine origin within South Tyrol (Alto Adige), but is one of the most highly esteemed sites for Pinot Noir within all of Italy.
Vigna Pirchschrait – Gewürztraminer
Charming Aromas. With just what sensory experiences well-matured Gewürztraminer can enrapture, is demonstrated by old vintages from the family wine cellar. As positive as bottle maturation is, experience has shown that this is surpassed by the evolvement of wine in large wooden cask. After ten years maturation on the fine lees in 500-litre barrels, the Gewürztraminer develops a creamy texture without sacrificing freshness. Prolonged lees contact also imparts charming aromas of toasted bread, medlar, blossom honey, and dried fruit. The sweet fruitiness recedes during the years of maturation, allowing mineral expression to step to the fore.
Konrad Oberhofer. The Gewürztraminer from the Pirchschrait vineyard at the Kolbenhof estate pays homage to Konrad Oberhofer who was the first to vinify grapes from different vineyards separately in the 1930s. He (Martin Foradori Hofstätter’s grandfather, mother’s side) was a pioneer of the single vineyard philosophy. It was his goal to express the unique character of each site in its wine.
Vigna Rechtenthaler Schloßleiten – Gewürztraminer Spätlese
Directly adjacent to the Kolbenhof is another south-facing parcel that the land registry documents as Rechtenthaler Schlossleiten. The micro-climate in this extremely steep vineyard has a peculiarity: the temperature conditions are upside down. When the sun rises in the morning it slowly warms the top of the site while the cool of the night remains below. The coolness then sinks down the slope of Tramin’s Roen Mountain into a deep ravine through which the Höllental stream rushes into the valley.
Opulent. Not until the end of November are the overripe, extremely flavourful grapes picked by hand. The grapes are shrivelled like raisins by this time and lend the wine its golden yellow colour and typical intense bouquet of exotic fruits. The opulent flavours of this Gewürztraminer Spätlese are just as beguiling as the seductive fragrance.
Josef Hofstätter. When Josef Hofstätter purchased the Kolbenhof from the Baron von Unterrichter 80 years ago, the steep site called Rechtenthal above the castle was also included in the farmstead. In the course of the years, it was inherited by several various relatives until the present vintner Martin Foradori Hofstätter could re-purchase the three-hectare parcel in 2007. This Spätlese commemorates Josef Hofstätter’s original purchase of Kolbenhof.