Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio 2016
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 25302
James Suckling 90
"A clean, delicious Pinot Grigio that hands out green apples, lemons and herbs. Light to medium body, fresh acidity and a mouth-watering finish. Drink now.”
100% Ruländer (Pinot Gris) from vines grown in gravelly marine soils at 600-750m elevation. 2/3 of the wine was fermented and stored in stainless steel tanks; 1/3 was fermented in 30 hl oak casks using natural yeasts.
Municipalities: Bressanone, Varna, Naz-
Elevation: 1969-2461 feet (600-750 m)
Soils: Gravelly morainal deposits
Exposure: south, southwest
Gradient: 25-40 %
Grape variety: 100% Ruländer
Training method: Guyot
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Harvest period: October
Vinification: 2/3 of wine fermented and
stored in stainless steel tanks; 1/3
fermented in 30 hl oak casks using natural yeasts
Fermentation temperature: approx. 20° C
Maturation: 6 months
Located in the sleepy little burg of Novacella, in the Isarco River Valley, Abbazia was founded in 1142 by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular. The Augustians are not monks in the sense that you may be familiar with: they have taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to their superiors; but they also work to support themselves as a part of their community. To this end, the Abbey not only grows grapes for winemaking, but also farms apples and vegetables, and there is a small school devoted primarily to studies of viticulture. The abbey’s reputation as a winery is stellar and international. In 2009, Italy’s influential Gambero Rosso named Celestino Lucin, the abbey’s enologist “WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR."
While the daily tasks of running a monastery, school and world-famous winery have kept Abbazia from jumping through the bureaucratic hoops involved with Italy's organic certification, the centuries old estate is practicing organic.
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