VARIETY: 100% Schiava
VINIFICATION: Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks with 6 days of skin contact, followed by the maturation in traditional large oak casks.
TASTING NOTES: Bright ruby in colour with a delicate hint of cherry on the nose. On the palate, it is harmonious and elegant due to naturally mild acidity and tannin with a pleasant bitter almond flavour on the finish. An elegant, fruity red wine with good lengths.
TERROIR: Calcareous soils at medium altitude, where the grapes can benefit most from the Mediterranean climate with warm summer days combined with cool mountain nights.
VINTAGE 2018: The vintage 2018 presents itself as an excellent vintage with an excellent quality. Winter lingered a bit, resulting in a slightly late mid-April sprouting, but warm and rainy conditions through late May flowering re-aligned the calendar. The harvest finally started in best weather conditions in late August - a few cooler weeks in the middle to the end of August had postponed the start of reading for a few days after the very hot and dry weeks in July. It was followed by a golden autumn with sunny and warm days - for each variety, the ideal, phenolic maturity was awaited. Already cool nights, especially with the white wines, were crucial for preserving acidity and freshness. A great vintage in Alto Adige!
FOOD PAIRING: An interesting wine for Mediterranean and Pasta dishes, as well as antipasti. Serve chilled.
Appellation: Alto Adige DOC
Residual sugar: 3,6 g/L
Alcohol: 13,00 % Vol.
Aging: 2-4 years
Total acidity: 5,0 g/L
Elena Walch is a leading Alto Adige wine estate, in family hands, and belongs to the elite in Italian wine production, with international success.
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. An architect by trade, Elena Walch married into one of the oldest and most significant wine families of the region and brought new, modern concepts to the traditional establishment. Now, 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. The firm belief that the quality of wine is created in the vineyard requires uncompromising work, taking into account the individuality of each vineyard. 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 wines show character, elegance and great personality, reflecting the most professional 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.
Setting goals and creating precedents
Elena Walch values nature, respects it and wants to put it into the hands of the next generation in perfect condition. Sustainable operation, introduced in the vineyards a few years ago, is the focus of Elena Walch philosophy, whereby the road to sustainability is not an overnight change, but rather a learning process, an apprenticeship. The new measures are gradually being implemented in all areas of the company so that the operations do not end up being based on a set of strict rules, but rather that the consciousness of all the Elena Walch staff becomes trained in this direction.
The goal is to be a "good" company, one which attempts to protect the environment in which Elena Walch operates for the next generations. The family estate is convinced that it is doing good, whereby the quality of the wines stand uncompromisingly at the forefront of the thoughts.