Elena Walch

Alto Adige, Italy

Chardonnay, Alto Adige DOC — 2023

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  • Introduction

    • THE WINERY: Elena Walch is a 5-generation family-run estate in Alto Adige, a region in the North-East part of Italy that led the wine quality revolution in the area and has gained a prominent international reputation. 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 90 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Southeast oriented vineyards on limestone soil. An interplay of vineyards in classic middle heights, as well as altitudes up to 600m in the southern part of Alto Adige. Entirely handpicked.

    • Appellation: Alto Adige DOC
    • Location: Italy
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2023 vintage was fascinating despite a challenging season of alternating warm, cool, and rainy periods. The harvest was fantastic with optimal weather conditions for ripening. After a warm midsummer and early August rain, the grapes ripened under abundant sunshine. Harvest began in early September with perfect weather, shifting to instability towards the end. The warm days and cool nights allowed the grapes to achieve balanced acidity, clear fruit, and good structure.

  • Vinification

    • After harvest, the grapes are carefully pressed. The fresh must is statically clarified at low temperatures and then gently fermented at a controlled temperature of 20°C in steel tanks. The young wine matures in steel tanks for several months on the fine lees.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • TA: 6.4 g/L
    • RS: 1.2 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Our Chardonnay shines in brilliant straw yellow with a fruity bouquet of exotic notes, ripe apples and light floral aromas. On the palate, the wine is elegant and mild with an interesting finish.