Zeni (Roberto). 'Schwarzhof' Gewurztraminer
Delle Venezie IGT
As the vines have aged this wine has taken on some real stature. The aromas are pure Gewürztraminer, all lychee and rose, the palate has a firm mineral grip, taut and soft in all the right places with wonderful lemon and grapefruit balancing the natural exuberance of the variety. It is, put simply, a complex and generous wine that is a perfect lush (very very drinkable).
Schwarzhof lies high above the Rotaliano plain, its vineyards are at 450 meters on a steep Southwest facing slope, the soils are rich in Dolomitic chalks over limestone.
The vineyard was planted in 2005 on the Colline dei Sorni, though the first wines were only released in 2009. Vines are planted using a Guyot system at a density of 5500 vines per hectare, six bunches of grapes are left on each vine.
The vineyard is too steep to contemplate machinery and all the work, including the harvest must be done by hand. The grapes are cold macerated prior to a temperature-controlled fermentation in steel tanks.