The ancient Roman emperors and, later, the German ones of Sacro Romano Impero, knew very well the high quality of the vines cultivated in the sunny basin of Bolzano, and were used to stock “Potzner, the wine produced there. Today, in the same area, stands the Cantina Produttori Bolzano, one of the most important cooperative wineries in South Tyrol, formed in 2001 by the merger of Cantina Gries (founded in 1908) and that of Santa Magdalena (founded in 1930). The winery has 224 members who, led by oenologist Stephan Filippi, manage 340 hectares of vineyards, spread mainly in the district of Bolzano, with some parcels, such as Santa Magdalena, 50 kilometres further north-west. The strength of this winery is due to the wide variety of soils on which its vineyards are located, characterized also by heterogeneous altitudes ranging from 200 to 1000 meters above sea level.
The production philosophy is inspired by a low energy impact, as demonstrated by the new winery in which, since 2018, the grapes are processed starting from its highest point, facing the various steps with a falling path, from the upper level to the lower one, until the lowest, where the ageing takes place. The adoption of these procedures has guaranteed a double advantage: a considerable energy saving, combined with the possibility of carrying out all the vinification phases treating the grapes first and the masses then with extreme delicacy, without shock. Among this winery Reserves, Cabernet Mumelter, obtained mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon with a balance of Cabernet Franc (between 5 and 10%), undoubtedly occupies a prominent place. The grapes are harvested, in the second half of October, from vineyards just over 300 meters above sea level on soil rich in quartz porphyry, in the immediately overlooking Bolzano hills. Once in the cellar, after maceration and fermentation in wooden barrels, the must ages for about a year in a mix of French barriques and large oak barrels.
The 2016 vintage is presented in the glass with a really intense ruby colour, almost inked, and with initial aromas of wild blackberry, cooked plum, green bell pepper and pot pourri, followed by undergrowth, graphite, Sichuan pepper and incense, with final echoes of dark chocolate and boisée. The taste is exquisitely balanced, with a good softness and an acidic-almond component that support the whole sip evolution, accompanied by a return of the dark fruit and vinyl which remain present until a good length closing.
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