2021 Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Alto Adige Chardonnay

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Type of Wine White
Country Italy
Region Trentino
Appellation Alto Adige
Winery Tiefenbrunner
Vintage 2021
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2027
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The Tiefenbrunner house hardly needs an introduction and the Turmhof series contains the high quality wines from Tiefenbrunner which are aged in large barrels (1500 - 5000 liters) for approximately 7 months with regular batonnage. The wood aging gives an extra dimension and elegance, but is almost indistinguishable because Tiefenbrunner attaches great importance to freshness and elegance (for this reason the wines also mature in very large barriques that are several years old). The Turmhof Chardonnay is beautiful golden yellow in the glass. The nose has wonderful scents of citrus fruit, slightly fatty, completed with a hint of wood. The taste is quite powerful, beautifully pure, a wine that is round and juicy, nicely mouth-filling. The grapes for the Castel Turmhof Chardonnay are harvested from vineyards that have a slightly lower yield than those for the regular Chardonnay. This produces wines with more concentration and depth. A small part, about 10%, ferments in new oak barrels. This gives the wine just a hint of wood and a nice complexity.

The Tiefenbrunner house, with its historic half-timbering, exudes the typical friendly South Tyrolean atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a nice glass of wine outside on the terrace. Many tourists passing through to the sunny south or on their way back stop here for a glass of wine. That is definitely worth it at Tiefenbrunner. There is a wide range of interesting wines here, from fresh white to powerful red. With all wines, a focus has been placed on quality and on making a wine that is typical of the grape and the vineyard.

It is mainly Christophe Tiefenbrunner, who started in 1991, who modernized the vineyards and perfected winemaking. He has now cleared some of the pergolas from the vineyards. These beautiful grape arbors are very typical of the region, but they have the disadvantage that the grapes do not hang optimally in the sun. At the same time, he has increased the number of vines in the vineyard, also to increase quality. Revenues have also fallen considerably. All measures have reduced total production from one million bottles to around 600,000 annually. The wines come from 20 hectares of our own vineyards and from grapes from several dozen hectares from other producers.

The production here consists of 70% white wines, the rest is red. Quite unusual for Alto Adige.
Most wine growers focus on the production of fruity, light red wines, usually made for the German market. However, White appears to be an excellent choice with a view to the future. The mountain slopes are very suitable for making white wines.

Wood aging is rarely used here. And if the wine is already in wood, it usually concerns very old large barrels that give off virtually no wood flavor. The harvest here often lasts until November. Many wine lovers are very charmed by the freshness and elegance of Tiefenbrunner's wines. The domain succeeds in giving each wine its own character, bottled together with a breath of fresh mountain air.

Vineyard for 2021 Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Alto Adige Chardonnay

The house Tiefenbrunner, with its historic half-timbering, breathes the typical friendly South Tyrolean atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a nice glass of wine outside on the terrace. Many tourists on their way to the sunny south or on the way back stop here for a glass of wine. That is definitely worth it at Tiefenbrunner. There is a wide range of interesting wines here, from fresh white to strong red. All wines are dedicated to quality and to making a wine that is typical of the grape and vineyard. It is especially Christophe Tiefenbrunner, who started in 1991, who has modernized the vineyards and perfected winemaking. He has already removed some of the pergolas from the vineyards. These beautiful grape arbors are very typical of the region, but they have the drawback that the grapes do not hang optimally in the sun. At the same time, he has increased the number of sticks in the vineyard, also to increase the quality. In addition, the yields have decreased considerably. Due to all measures, total production has decreased from one million bottles to around 600,000 annually. The wines come from 20 hectares of own vineyards and from grapes of several tens of hectares from other producers. The production here consists for 70% of white wines, the rest is red. Rather unusual for Alto Adige. Most vintners emphasize the production of fruity, light red wines, usually made for the German market. However, white turns out to be an excellent choice with an eye to the future. The mountain slopes are very suitable for making white wines, where maturation is rarely used. And if the wine is already on wood, it usually concerns very old large barrels, which give off almost no wood flavor. The harvest here often lasts until November. Many wine lovers love the freshness and elegance of Tiefenbrunner's wines. The domain manages to give each wine its own character, bottled together with a touch of fresh mountain air.

Just a few decades ago, Alto Adige was the scene of serious political tensions, complete with underground terror organizations. The protests turned against the transfer of this area from Austria to Italy at the end of World War II. The beautiful mountain landscape was suddenly renamed Südtitol in Alto Adige. For many of the German-speaking inhabitants, an event that one could not get used to quickly. Some of the people in this region still speak German, although this mainly concerns representatives of the older generations. As a compromise, Alto Adige has acquired an autonomous status, with German being equated with Italian. Traffic and place name signs in this region are therefore consistently bilingual. It gives this region an almost Alsace-like appearance. The wines are also similar to Alsace. Just like in this French wine region, people tend to make many different wines from all separate grape varieties. In addition, some of these grape varieties are exactly the same. Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc) and Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris) among others, as well as the (Gewürz) traminer. Alto Adige has added popular varieties such as Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The local Lagrein is very popular for the red wines, in addition to grapes of foreign origin such as Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon. The blue grapes are mainly planted in warmer, lower-lying vineyards, oriented to the south and southwest. The accent during planting is still on blue, although the cool mountain climate is very suitable for white grapes. That climate also explains the difference in style with the wines from Alsace. Those from Alto Adige are usually a bit fresher and finer. The high location of the vineyards, between 250 and 1000 meters, guarantees this style. The vineyards are mainly located on the southern slopes of the valleys of the Etsch (Adige) and the Eisack (Isarco). They are in the shop with the DOC Südtiroler / Alto Adige, in combination with the name of the grape variety.

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Type of Wine White
Country Italy
Region Trentino
Appellation Alto Adige
Winery Tiefenbrunner
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2027
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Promotion Tier Price
Parker rating 92
James Suckling rating 91
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Aged on wood, Round, White fruit
Drink moments Barbecue, Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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