VINEYARD | Stiftsgarten was born from a very small plot, an abbey garden where Sylvaner plants over fifty years old are still grown. The land is rich in glacial sediments and is located at about 600 metres above sea level. The yields are very low and the exposure is optimal to obtain a wine of great finesse. It is precisely because of the particularity of this small vineyard that the Novacella Abbey has decided to produce a great white, produced in approximately 1,000 bottles, of which 2019 is the first vintage.
PERSON | It's difficult to speak of a single person when we are faced with an active cellar, among the oldest in the world, founded in 1142. Novacella is the Abbey owned by the Augustinian order and the production of wine now reaches 850,000 bottles. It counts on two estates, one in Novacella, the other in Cornaiano. The Abbey also owns forestland, orchards and highland pastures and welcomes tourists and visitors to the Stiftskeller, where it's possible to purchase their wines and other products. The oenologist is Celestino Lucin, while the sales manager is Werner Waldboth.
WINE | Stiftsgarten is a white obtained exclusively from Sylvaner grapes, fermented and aged for 70% in barrique and 30% in steel. This is followed by a two-year further ageing before bottling, then 18 months in the bottle before being put on the market. 2019 is the first vintage. The wine is part of the Insolitus line aimed at enhancing small but precious productions obtained from a number of small crus owned by the Abbey. Four years after the harvest, the wine is incredibly young, the nose is played on aromas of wild flowers, white fruits and a lemon background, a touch of mountain herbs and a delicate spicy sensation. The mouth is fresh, energetic and vital, the acidity is present, but it is well integrated with the material and gives freshness. Savoury, deep, clean, very long finish.