Abbazia di Novacella Praepositus Kerner 2018
Light golden yellow with clearly green reflections. Ripe peaches, dried apricots, orange peel, ginger, and elder blossoms. Juicy and powerful, with soft fruit sweetness in the finish.
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Intense aromas of ripe apricot, tangerine and botanical herb lead the way. Full bodied and savory, the palate also boasts tension and energy, delivering ripe yellow peach, orange zest, nutmeg and ginger alongside vibrant acidity. Abbazia di Novacella USA.
The 2018 Alto Adige Valle Isarco Kerner Praepositus is an edgy and offbeat expression with a fun blend of citrusy primary fruit and some distant petrol or jet fuel at the back. Fermentation and aging all take place in stainless steel, and the fruit is drawn from a site located very high up in the mountains at 750 meters above sea level. The wine's mineral signature is very strong, and you are left with a pretty dusting of chalk and flint, with grapefruit, mango and nectarine. Rating : 92+
The 2018 Kerner Praepositus is intensely perfumed and even a bit spicy in the glass, showing zested lemon with yellow flowers, hints of ginger, white smoke and sour melon. Soft textures soothe the senses, giving way to ripe orchard fruits with a citrus and mineral twang that slices through its otherwise rich persona to result in a wonderfully pure and clean expression. Inner florals resonate for well over a minute, along with a lasting note of bitter granny smith apple and lime. The Praepositus line is a selection of what Abbazia di Novacella considers their best fruit from each harvest, vinified all in stainless steel. Drinking window: 2022 - 2030
The Augustinian Canons Regular monastery of Neustift is located in the northern-most winegrowing region on the southern side of the Alps. The mineral-rich soils, the elevation (1,970 ft – 2,950 ft) and the cool climate are all factors which explain the intense aromas and flavours as well as fruity, mouth-watering acidity found in our wines produced from the typical white Eisack Valley grape varieties. The long drawn-out ripening period extending well into the autumn is crucial. The most widely-grown vines in our vineyards around Vahrn just north of Brixen are Sylvaner, Kerner, Gewürztraminer and Veltliner.
The monastery also owns vineyards in the warm central region of South Tyrol which supply the red grapes. They include the full-bodied, savoury Lagrein from the Mariaheim vineyard in Bolzano/Bozen and red wines from the Marklhof estate in the cool rolling hills of Girlan to the south of Bolzano where the grapes are harvested, crushed and the wines matured. The wines include Vernatsch, Pinot Noir and the lusciously sweet Rosenmuskateller ('Rose Muscat', the name deriving from the variety's typical scent of roses).
With over 850 years of experience coupled with state-of-the-art winemaking technology, top-class expertise and the enormous enthusiasm the wines generate among our employees, we succeed in producing wines bursting with flavour and varietal character year after year, to the joy of wine-lovers worldwide.
Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of non-native, international grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot produced. But Trentino's native and most unique red variety, Teroldego, while still rare, is gaining popularity. It produces a deeply colored red wine rich in wild blackberry, herb, coffee and cocoa.
The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) focuses on small-scale viticulture, with great value placed on local varieties—though international varieties have been widely planted since the 1800s. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are at extreme altitude but on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure.
The primary white grapes are Pinot grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon blanc, Müller Thurgau. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot grigio in Italy is made here.
There are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles.