Alto Adige, Italy
Elena Walch, a former architect, became a wine producer in 1985 after marrying into one of the oldest established wine families in Tramin. She took over two magnificent estates: Castel Ringberg, and Kastelaz, a steep, south-facing hillside which towers above the village centre of Tramin. Not surprisingly, the latter is highly regarded for its white wine made from the Gewürztraminer grape which took its name from the village Tramin.
Elena Walch set about transforming the vineyards along quality lines, replanting them with low-yielding but high quality clones of both international and local grape varieties. The wines reflect her professional approach and have scooped some of Italy’s highest awards, including the much coveted “Three Glasses” from Italy’s most influential wine guide, Gambero Rosso, three years in a row.
STAR WINERY - Gambero Rosso (Indicates that the winery has won ten 3 Glass Awards by Gambero Rosso. They are the elite, the aristocracy, in short the very top flight of Italian wine.)
Pinot Grigio 2010/2011 (RV) DOC Alto Adige
Pale yellow in colour. Delicate scents with a light touch of mature apples and pears. Full-bodied, mild acidity. Very adaptable due to its harmony and elegance. An excellent aperitif, or pair with pasta dishes, mild cheeses, grilled fish and cheese fondue.
Gewürztraminer 2010/2011 (RV) DOC Alto Adige
100% Gewürztraminer from Tramin. Shiny yellow in colour. Intensive, concentrated fruit, reminiscent of rose petals and apricots. Nice aromas on the palate, intensive but full of finesse. A spicy white wine, persistent on the finish. Great as a full-flavoured aperitif and as an accompaniment to a range of dishes, including savoury first courses and grilled fish.
Gewürztraminer “Kastelaz“ 2008 (RV)
100% Gewürztraminer. Full, deep golden yellow. The bouquet is very rich with intense fruit and spice, full bodied and rich on the palate with mild, harmonious acidity and a captivating, multilayered aroma. A very rich, dry wine, elegant and long. Excellent with shellfish, prawns and lobster, oriental dishes and blue cheeses. Distinguished several times with Italy’s most prestigious award, ‘3 Glasses’ in the Gambero Rosso guide.
Merlot 2010 (RV) DOC Alto Adige
A wine of formidable structure, harmonious with well-integrated new oak and soft tannins. On nose, it has concentrated black berry fruits with a delicate hint of tobacco spice. Mouth-watering fruit, rich, velvety and concentrated; great length with sweet tannins on the finish. Goes well with a broad range of meat dishes such as steaks or roasts, grilled or fried red meats and mature cheeses.
Lagrein “Castel Ringberg” Riserva 2005 (RV) DOC Alto Adige
Varietal: 100% Lagrein. A unique South Tyrolean red wine bursting with character. Concentrated in bouquet with lavish black berry fruits and hints of smoke and chocolate. A successful interplay between sweet tannins and fruit; an immensely enjoyable wine, piquant and juicy. Goes well with venison and game, red meats and cheeses.
Kermesse V.d.t. Rosso 2004 (RV)
Varieties: Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Lagrein: a carnival (“Kermesse”) of the best varieties! This grand cuvée is dark purple-red in colour. Intensive aroma of wild berries with a discreet spicy note of pepper in the background, typical for Syrah. Powerful in the mouth, very elegant and balanced with delicate toast aromas on the palate; very spicy, with well incorporated tannins. Long finish with great potential. A very elegant wine with finesse. Pair with dark meats and game.