Castel Sallegg Schiava “Selection Bischofsleiten”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The Bischofsleiten, a location that belonged to the Bishops of Trento some 1,000 years ago, is one of the best around Lake Caldaro.
- The grapes for the “Bischofsleiten”, a Lago di Caldaro Scelto Classico wine, thrive on the traditional pergola training system, a setup highly suited to the Schiava grape as the leaf canopy protects the thin skin of the fruits from excessive exposure to the sun.
- Everything here comes from a single vineyard at Lake Kaltern that is 750 to 900 feet above sea level. The medium-textured sandy loam soil there heats up quickly thanks to its location on a steep hillside, creating an ideal environment.
Varietal Composition: 100% Schiava
Elaboration: Controlled mash fermentation at 77°F for 2 weeks approximately, followed by malolactic fermentation. Gentle pigeage extracts colouring and flavouring agents from the skins. Aged in stainless steel tanks for 4 months.
Tasting Notes: The wine is a bright ruby red in hue and has a charmingly uncomplicated scent with typical Schiava notes of cherry, violet, a hint of bitter almonds and fine herbs and spices. It is pleasant and fine on the palate with a subtle acidity and mild tannins, with notes of raspberry in the finish.
Castel Sallegg is an iconic property located between the peaks of the Dolomite Alps in the area surrounding Lake Caldaro. In 1851 the castle and surrounding land was purchased by Archduke Rainer of Austria, and the property was later inherited by the Counts von Kuenburg family. Today Georg von Kuenburg, along with enologist Matthias Hauser, ensure that quality and tradition continues at this venerable estate.
The Castel Sallegg estate today is without question one of Alto Aldige’s premier producers, and is most known for the quality of its Schiava, Lagrein, and Moscato Giallo, all varietals that thrive in the unique microclimate of Lake Caldaro.