Elena Walch - Ludwig Pinot Nero Alto Adige 2014
Elena Walch - Ludwig Pinot Nero Alto Adige 2014 (88 tsomw points)
Perfect wine for a warm summer evening. Light cooled.
Elena Walch is a leading Alto Adige wine estate, in family hands. Encouraging quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the head of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international esteem for her efforts.
Nowadays, the responsibility for the family business is being put into the hands of the daughters, Julia and Karoline Walch, already the fifth generation.
The philosophy of the estate is dedicated to its terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation. With 60 hectares in cultivation, including the two top vineyards VIGNA Castel Ringberg in Caldaro und VIGNA Kastelaz in Tramin, Elena Walch belongs to the most important protagonists of Alto Adige winemaking.
The superb climatic conditions and the excellent location of the vineyards produce fresh and fruity white wines as well as concentrated and velvety red wines.
About the wine:
Maceration at low temperatures for 48 hours, followed by traditional fermentation, partially in large Slovenia oak vats, partially in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation follows and, the final wine matures in French oak barrels for another 16 months.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose cherries, raspberries and some blackberries with hints of spicyness, wet earth and well integrated roasted wood.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied with full mouthfeel and fine grained tannins. The wine is well balanced showing flavours of cherries, herbs and black pepper. Nice long light earthy aftertaste. Very well made wine with good aging potential.