Kurtatsch

Kurtatsch “Penon”, Alto Adige Pinot Grigio DOC 2019

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Very complex oak-aged Pinot Grigio from the Dolomite Alps with flavours of jasmine, dried orange peel and almonds

Penon greets you with a refined fragrance of white flowers and wet stone. But, thanks to ageing in French oak, this is complemented by delicate and complex aromas of dried apricots, dried orange peel and almonds. The Pinot Grigio grapes come from Penon – a vineyard planted in the Alps at the altitude of 600 metres above sea level. The cool mountain nights and winds from Lake Garda preserve the natural acid to create a refreshing and elegant taste. The soil in the vineyard is mostly sand, gravel and porous Dolomite rocks, which lends crisp minerality.

Winemaking

80% of the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. The other 20% is fermented in old 225-litre French barriques, adding notes of dried apricots and citrus. Malolactic fermentation is interrupted in order to preserve the zingy acidity and avoid buttery undertones. The wine is aged in large 2000-litre second-use oak barrels for twelve months to develop its complex aromas.

Tasting notes

Lemon colour of medium intensity. When you open the wine, it offers fresh aromas of jasmine and elderflower. If you let it breathe, the flavours of lemon zest, almonds, dried orange peel and apricot stone will eventually take over. The wine is very refreshing thanks to its high acidity. It has a medium body and a high level of alcohol. Penóner has a complex taste of fresh and dried citrus fruits, almonds and apricots.

Wine Geek’s verdict: There’s a lot going on in this Pinot Grigio. This wine is very interesting even now, and I think it will become even more complex after a few years in the cellar. As Pinot Grigio is a refined and delicate wine, rather than pronounced, it will always be ideal for food pairing.

Awards

James Suckling – 93 points (2019 vintage) | Falstaff – 92 points (2019 vintage) | Gambero Rosso – 2 red glasses / final tasting (2018 vintage) | Wine Enthusiast – 91 pts (2018 vintage) | Robert Parker – 92 pts (2018 vintage)

Winemaker

Geographical Indication

Grape

Vintage

2019

ABV

14%

Style

Still Dry White Wine

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