"Since the Late Middle Ages, the lower zone of Monte Tschöggel has been known as Montigl. Six of the wineries located there today can be traced back to the 14th century, a reflection of the fact that the terrace location and fertile soil are ideal for the production of Pinot Noir. The medium-elevation site is well ventilated and cools down nicely in summer – and produces a well structured and above all elegant Pinot Noir."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige
- Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
- History of the variety: first vintage 1989
- Year: 2009
- Bottles produced: 28,600
- Yield: 56 hl/ha
- Quality line: The vineyards
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes; destemming followed by slow must fermentation at a controlled temperature and gentle agitation of the must in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months partly in big wooden barrels (50%) and partly in barriques using one third new barrels (50%); blending three months before bottling.
- Bottling date: 2011-06-15
- Name: Montigl
- Municipality: Terlano
- Altitude: 450 - 760 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 20 - 60 %
- Orientation: Southwest
- Color: intensive ruby to garnet red
- Smell: The Pinot Noir presents itself as a multifaceted wine on the nose, where the delicate primary fruit aromas of wild strawberries and blackberries blend with restrained aromas of tobacco and flint, and notes of white field mushrooms.
- Taste: Well balanced with a mineral elegance that makes it dance on the palate. This red wine has a long and exciting finish.
Ideal companion to saddle of venison with a red wine apple purée and quark spaetzle, poppy-seed roasted saddle of sucking calf, loin of beef herb roasted in foil with potato pancakes and chestnut ragout, calf’s liver in thyme butter as well as veal paillard with Mediterranean vegetables; also goes well with barley risotto, and salted and smoked venison with a cranberry sauce with horseradish.
The optimal conditions for the growth of vegetation presaged an extraordinary vintage. After the cool winter rich in precipitation, there followed an extremely mild and warm spring which helped give the vegetation a boost – by April, the quickly sprouting shoots and a premature blossoming already indicated that harvesting could begin early. The summer months, too, were characterized by a dry climate and average temperatures.
Montigl is located on Monte Tschöggl above the Terlaner Klaus and the ruins of Neuhaus Castle. It includes the highest wine estates. The Rio Margherete forms the boundary to the southeast. The strength of the Montigl site is its outstanding Pinot Noir wines.
Soils: sandy-stony, well-drained soils
Site area: 18 ha
Vine age: 10-14 years
Vine density: 6,000
Yield: 49-56 hl/ha
Number of vintners: 6
The high peaks of the main Alpine chain protect South Tyrol from the Atlantic winds and cold northerlies, while the region benefits from the Mediterranean climate from the south. That explains the pronounced differences between day- and night-time temperatures, which are the key to full maturity and elegant wines.
To the south, a number of mountain massifs like the Adamello also have a protective function. As a result, annual precipitation is only about one third of the average for the southern Alpine foothills, and the number of hours of sunshine is higher. The climatic conditions are not unlike those to be found in wine-growing areas like the Swiss Canton Valais.
When the sun rises behind the mountains east of Terlano on one of the year’s 300 sunny days, it is already high in the sky as the wine-growing area has a westerly to south westerly exposure. The lower atmospheric density permits more direct solar irradiation with less diffuse sunlight. That increases the difference between the slopes on the sunny and shady sides of the valley.
Microclimate in Terlano
Continental climate (Cfa Köppen-Geiger)
Annual sunshine hours: ø 2135
Maximum temperatures: 36,7 °C
Average temperatures: 12,9 °C
Minimum temperatures: -10,7°C
Annual percipitation: ø 558 mm
Average global radiation: 150,1 W/m²
- North foehn: cool and dry down-slope wind
- Ora: valley wind system from the south, bringing in air from the Po Valley
- Le guide de L'Espresso - I Vini d'Italia 2013: 3 bottles
- I Vini di Veronelli 2013:
- Duemilavini/Bibenda 2013: 4 grapes
- Alcohol content: 13.5 % vol
- Residual sugar: 1.8 g/l
- Acidity: 5.4 g/l
- Storage advice: Cool storage at constant temperatures, high level of humidity, good ventilation and as little light as possible
- Cellar temperature: 10 - 15 °C
- Minimum maturity: 4 years
- Serving temperature: 16 - 18 °C