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The Cornell range represents the Gran Crus of Colterenzio. Produced with the grapes cultivated in the best and oldest estate vineyards, aged in top-quality oak barriques, these wines are masterpieces of complexity and longevity.
Formigar was the original name of Firmiano Castle. Alto Adige’s largest self-contained vineyard area spreads out south of the castle, where this sinewy but elegant Chardonnay grows, on a dry plateau of gravel and eroded porphyry.
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Soil: a very dry site, medium-structure morainal soils with a sand and gravel composition.
Altitude and exposition: selected vineyards at an altitude of approx. 400-550 m a.s.l., the microclimate is cool, with striking contrasts between day and night time temperatures.
Training system: old espalier-trained vines
Yielding: 45 hl/ha
Vinification and ageing: 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. Further 6 months of bottle-aging before release.
Colour: pale intense straw yellow colour tinged with green nuances.
Bouquet: a full but well- integrated wine, imbued with honeydew melon, creamy fruit salad and nutty aromas.
Taste: ample acidity with a delicate underlay of oak on the palate and a long, luscious finish.
Total acidity: 5,6 g/l
Sugar-free dry extract: 21,6 g/l