Muller Thurgau Gassner
To enter into the world of Castelfeder is to soar across an unspoken threshold into the lush valleys of the high Adige River. Driving from Lake Garda, from Veneto, through Trentino, you discover yourself, without warning, in what feels, sounds, and tastes like German wine country. Gunther Giovanett took over the family business in 1989 after his father retired from the daily operations of the winery he founded in 1970. Located in the center of Neumarkt, in the South Tyrol region of Italy, the Giovanett family produces a range of unique wines. While other nearby producers are making Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio that is mineral and acidic, Castelfeder produces wines that are lean and light with texture and depth as an added dimension. Vinifying exclusively in stainless steel for Mont Mes and the Classic “Cru” designated line, Castelfeder excels in bringing out the purest, freshest expression of their terroir. The Burgum Novum Riserve level wines see oak aging for 18 months before bottling. Now into their third generation, Gunther and his son Ivan are gaining a better understanding of the special micro-climates that exist in the Alto-Adige and South Tyrol regions.
Herbs and spice… everything nice.
This Müller Thurgau (cross of Riesling & Sylvaner) grows at an altitude of almost 900m above sea level in one of the highest vineyards in South Tyrol. The extreme temperature fluctuations of up to 15°C are beneficial for this grape variety, which develops best at this altitude on the sandy gravelly soils with clay, very intense floral and fruit aromas. Hand picked, cold maceration for 12 hours, gentle pressing.
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel.
Aged for 6 months on fine lees.