Girlan - Alto Adige Chardonnay Marna
Founded in 1923 as a small co-operative winery with 23 growers on their books, Girlan is based in the heart of Italy’s beautiful, mountainous, Alto Adige region also known as Südtirol / South Tyrol. Today, about 200 greatly committed and motivated winegrowing families farm 220 hectares of vineyards in the subregions of Oltradige and Bassa Atesina. Girlan is known for producing clean, aromatic, textural, snappy whites as well as
some of the best Italian Pinots Noirs (Trattman, Vigna Gagner).
Organic. The Cru Girlan is located near Bolzano, amidst the gently rolling slopes of Monte di Mezzo, at an altitude of 450 to 550 meters. The various east - west exposures have, in some places, 12% inclinaison grade. Towards the north, the Alps protect the vines from the cold wind. The soils are dominated by poor gravelly and loamy elements rich in limestone. Heavy temperature fluctuations between day and night – especially in the autumn – bring a fine, distinct bouquet, and enhance the complexity of the cuvées. 100% chardonnay coming from various vineyards. Hand harvested. Vinified 50% in tanks and 50% in large oak barrel. Aged 6 months on its lees before blending. Partial malolactic fermentation.
The elegant nose is subtly sweet and floral with honied yellow flowers, notes of peach and melon. Silky textures soothe all that they touch with ripe orchard fruits and hints of spice. A note of butterscotch and vanilla bean lingers, balanced by residual acids and green citrus that keeps the mouth watering for more.