Glarea Chardonnay

CLASSICS

The name Glarea stems from Rhaeto-Romance language and means a pile of gravel, a clear reference to the composition of the soil in the vineyards.

APPELATION

Südtirol/Alto Adige DOC

VINTAGE

2020

Vintage Description

A dry winter and an initially cold month of March were followed by aboveaverage temperatures in spring, favouring early bud break and premature flowering. From mid-May to early June the weather was mostly rainy and wet. During the following ripening stage rainfall was evenly distributed and only a few hot days made for short periods of drought.
Throughout the summer the nights were refreshingly cool. Harvest began in early September and until mid-October it was repeatedly interrupted by single days of rain, luckily followed by longer periods of sun. The white wines are crispy and fresh and have an intense olfactory appeal.
Finesse and elegance characterise the red wines, which already hint at a great aging potential.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • grapes: Chardonnay
  • yield: 55 hl/hectare
  • altitude: between 220 and 280 m a.s.l.
  • soil: on the lower part of the alluvial fan of the Höllenbach stream, where the soil is composed of limestone and gravel; the fan’s sedimented rocks originate from the highest peaks of the Mendel mountain range, amongst which Roen (2,116m).
  • climate: due to the weight of the cool downslope winds that start blowing in the nighttime the cool air ammasses in our Glarea vineyards. The low altitude (between 220 and 280 m a.s.l.) and the vicinity to the valley bottom make for a special microclimate, which is characterized by a strong diurnal temperature variation. During the day, the Glarea vineyards benefit from very warm temperatures, while in the night and in the early morning hours fresh air masses make them drop.

Winemaking

The grapes are harvested by hand in small bins and gently pressed immediately following harvest. The wine ferments in oak barrels at controlled temperature (19°C), followed by partial malolactic fermentation. Maturation also takes place in oak (barriques, tonneaux and 12 hl barrels).

Tasting notes

Glarea is straw yellow with greenish hues.

Ripe banana, apricot and pineapple dominate in the nose.

This Chardonnay tastes fresh and juicy and is characterised by fullness and a distinctive minerality.
Glarea is an all-rounder and can be paired with any first course that is savoury in flavour, from vegetable minestrone to spaghetti with clams. It tastes marvellous with tasty fish or delicate white meat dishes. Also try it with your pizza, especially if topped with buffalo mozzarella.

serving temperature

9°-11° C

residual sugar

1.0 g/l

total acidity

5.8 g/l

ABV

13.7 %

aging potential

7-10 years

bottle sizes

0.75 l; 1.5 l

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