Tramin winery is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious wineries in South Tyrol. Founded in 1898 on the initiative of the Tramin pastor, to bring together the small winegrowers of those areas, and merged in 1971 with the nearby Cantina Sociale di Egna, today the winery brings together 160 families who cultivate 260 hectares of vineyards under the careful guidance of winemaker Willi Stürz. The land is divided into small plots, cultivated in an artisan way by the same families that have owned them for centuries, and this aspect has allowed to preserve the great wealth of experience necessary to get only the best from each individual vineyard.
In this south Bolzano area, the soils are usually very calcareous and the exposures and altitudes significantly affect the greater vocation of the individual micro-areas to one or more vines. On the western side of Tramin valley, for instance, find their ideal habitat Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and, at a higher altitude, Gewurztraminer. Just 4 kilometers further south, near Cortaccia, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted, while on the opposite side of the valley (the western one), near Egna, are Pinot Noir and Lagrein.
This soils collage led Willi Stürz, starting in 1990, to begin a separated vinification of the most prestigious vineyards of the various areas, giving rise to the famous and award-winning Reserves, which also include to the cuvèe Stoan. This is the white blend composed of Chardonnay (65%), Sauvignon (20%), Pinot Blanc (10%) and Gewürztraminer (5%) from vines between 10 and 40 years old, raised on land between 400 and 600 meters above sea level, exposed mainly to the south-east. After a careful manual harvest, its grapes are gently pressed and ferment slowly at low temperature in large wooden barrels, also performing malolactic fermentation. A subsequent aging of just over a year (between big wood and bottle), and the wine is ready for marketing.
The 2018 vintage has a concentrated straw yellow color with golden reflections, and its range of aromas starts with canned peach, kumquat, gentian and damp pebbels, continues with elder, tomato leaf and chamomile, and ends with echoes of chlorophyll and flint. The palate is immediately wrapped by an elegant softness, tempered by the sour backbone, while during the progression of the taste emerges the savory-mineral vein, embellished by a hint of white pepper and the return fruity/ vegetable that accompanies the sip until the good length closure.
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