Lemon-lime and crisp apple on the nose, with a strong hint of petrichor and minerality. The palate is nervy and crunchy, with notes of citrus, Bosc pear and rainwater. There is a touch of stone fruit as well, but the finish is dry. Chill lightly and enjoy with seared scallops or a roast chicken dinner.
Pinot Blanc is the white grape mutation of Pinot Noir. It is found mostly in Germany and Northern Italy, where wines are refreshing, peachy and dry. Sometimes intensely aromatic, Pinot Blanc can display notes of white florals and stone fruit.
The region of Trentino-Alto Adige is bordered by East and North Tyrol (Austria) to the north-east and north respectively, by Graubünden (Switzerland) to the north-west and by the Italian regions of Lombardy to the west and Veneto to the south and south-east. It covers 13,607 square kilometres and is extremely mountainous, covering a large part of the Dolomites and the southern Alps. Südtirol (where Cantina Kurtatsch is located) has an area of 7,398 square kilometres, all of it mountainous land and covered by vast forests. The climate here is Mediterranean (hot summer and cold winters) owing to the influence of the many mountain ranges, which stand at over 3,000 metres above sea level, and the wide valleys through which flows (from north to south) the main river, the Adige, and its numerous tributaries.
The Hofstatt site is located in the Hofstatt district of Kurtatsch, situated south-west above the village center at altitudes between 500 and 650 meters. The steep vineyards, calcareous subsoil with clay content and large diurnal shift found here create an ideal environment for growing Pinot Blanc. As with all Kurtatsch vineyards, Hofstatt is farmed organically.
Heroic viticulture is practiced, with hand harvesting in small bins essential due to the steepness and elevation. The fruit is gently pressed into temperature-controlled stainless steel for a long slow fermentation. Care is taken to not allow malolactic fermentation. The wine is transferred to large, neutral oak barrels for aging on its fine lees for complexity before bottling young and fresh.