Castel Giovanelli - SAUVIGNON DOC 2012
"The physical sensuality of a pleasure garden pervaded by hints of the wild. Lose your senses in a labyrinth of fragrances and find them again thanks to the thread of minerality that leads you to your gustatory goal."
Varietal(s): Sauvignon blanc
Age of vines: 15 years
Temperature: 12 – 14 °C
Age-ability: 2015 – 2021
Yield: 45 hl/ha
Vine training: Wire-trained
Alcohol: 14,0 %
Residual sugar: 3,0 g/l
Tot. Acidity: 6,0 ‰
After a very dry, warm winter, spring saw the earliest appearance of shoots on the vines in the history of modern winegrowing in South Tyrol.
The relatively cool months of April and May then caused a delay in the vegetation phases. The beginning of summer was somewhat cool and damp, providing sufficient precipitation for an optimal start to the ripening phase. The ripening process was also positively influenced by a very warm and dry August. The autumn weather was very fine at the beginning of the harvest, with just a few rainy days during the whole picking process, allowing all grape varieties in every type of location to develop in the best possible way. The 2012 white wines are of exceptional quality, with fine fruit and acidity and a harmonious structure.
Extremely prolonged pressing of the grapes in their entirety, spontaneous fermentation of the unfiltered juice in the large casks (500 l), 10 months maturing in the wood on fine lees with bâtonnage.
East-facing slope at 500 meters above sea level, loamy, chalky gravel with porphyry and weathered granite, providing a prominent mineral character to the site. South-facing slope, 350 m, chalky gravel soils.
– golden yellow with hints of green
– fruit reminiscent of ripe gooseberries, apples and peaches
– juicy, with elegant fruit on the palate, mineral notes and a melting finish
This wine is paired well with asparagus, onion soup, escargot, and fish dishes, and may also be enjoyed as an aperitif.
Gambero Rosso – 2008, 2011 & 2012: 2 Cups
Le Guide de l’Espresso – 2006: 17 p.; 2007, 2008: 16,5 p.; 2009: 16 p.; 2011: 17 p. ; 2012: 15,5 p.
I vini di Veronelli – 2011, 2012: 3 Stars
Wine Enthusiast – 2008: 92 p.; 2009: 91 p.
Duemilavini – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011: 4 Grapes
Falstaff – 2006, 2008 & 2011: 91 p.; 2010: 92 p.
Robert Parker (Monica Larner) – 2011: 92 p.
Vinous (Antonio Galloni) – 2010: 90 p.
Winespectator – 2007 & 2009: 90 p.
Tasted Journal – 2010: 91,5 p.