Colterenzio Chardonnay "Lafoa"

Colterenzio Chardonnay “Lafóa”

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • The grapes for this Chardonnay grow on old vines with very small yields.
  • The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 1,300 to 1,800FT on dry morainic soils.
  • A powerful but elegant Chardonnay with great potential for aging.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Elaboration: Grapes are pressed without being destemmed; fermentation takes place in a combination of new and used oak barriques, where partially malolactic fermentation also takes place. The wine refines on its fine lees for 10 months, and regular battonage is carried out. The wine is aged 6 more months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes: Of a pale intense straw yellow color tinged with green nuances; a full but well integrated wine, imbued with honeydew melon, creamy fruit salad and nutty aromas; ample acidity with a delicate underlay of oak on the palate and a long, luscious finish.

PRESS

2016 – 91 Wine & Spirits | 94 Wine Advocate | 95 James Suckling

2017 – 92 Wine Advocate | 95 James Suckling

2018 – 94 Wine Advocate | 95 James Suckling

2019 – 94 Wine Advocate

2020 – 90 Vinous

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Colterenzio is one of the newest wineries in South Tyrol, composed of over 300 families working together.  This is a new-generation cooperative that smashes preconceptions, proving that a humble “coop” can consistently deliver some of the most transparent, expressive wines in the top flight region of Alto Adige.

Member-winegrowers farm their grapes on a total of 300 hectares; the vineyards are located in one of the best wine growing sub-districts of Alto Adige, on altitudes ranging from 230 to 650 meters with 12 different varieties cultivated.  Ecology is a driving principle here – Farming is sustainable and the winery was built with permaculture in mind.