Story of the Wine:
Alto Adige is in the foothills of the Dolomites and whilst it can be cool it is also extremely sunny. Indeed the region claims to be one of the sunniest in Italy. Chardonnay, which has been grown in this area for over a century, is ideally suited to these conditions. Most of the wines in the Alto Adige are produced by co-operatives, which have a reputation for high quality.
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Area: From vineyards in the villages of Cornaiano and Egna
Av age of the vines: 10-15 years old
Vine density: 3500 – 6000 vines per ha.
Yield: 45 hl/ha
Training System: Guyot
Harvest: Second half of September for about 10 days – manual harvest
Vinification: It is fermented in French oak casks of 12 –50 hl size for 12 days at 180C after 6-hour maceration. There is malolactic fermentation.
Ageing: Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels of 12 and 50hl on its own lees.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Descriptions for Wine List
1) Apple, pear and vanilla aromas, which develop into a smoky, coconut character. Medium bodied with crisp acidity and a flavourful finish.
2) Girlan is one of the Alto Adige’s top wineries and Chardonnay is ideally suited to the cooler climate of the Dolomite Mountains. This classy Chardonnay is fermented and aged in oak. Apple, pear and vanilla aromas, which develop into a smoky, coconut character. Medium bodied with crisp acidity and a flavourful finish.
Vintage 2012 Bibenda 2016
Country: Italy Region: Cornaiano - Trentino Alto Adige Grape: 100% Chardonnay Product code: 2125 Pack size: 6x75cl
The Alto Adige on Italy's northern border is home to the best Italian co-operatives and Girlan is one of them. The winery itself is relatively small and tucked away in the lovely village of Cornaiano. It is run like a small family business and this is reflected in the quality and consistency of the wines which have been recently re-invigorated by the new winemaker Gerhard Kofler.