St. Michael-Eppan

Pinot Bianco Schulthauser – 2020

Region: Italy - Alto Adige

St. Michael-Eppan

The innovative winery situated along the Wine Route, is considered one of the best wineries in South Tyrol and Italy. St. Michael Eppan Winery, with its 355 members, 350 hectares of vineyard and 2.5 million bottles sold every year, has become renowned worldwide. The “Sanct Valentin“ label alone is enough to thrill wine lovers and connoisseurs.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Pinot Blanc, South Tyrol’s most important grape variety, has awakened from its slumber and has evolved a calling-card for the region. Schulthauser was vinified and bottled for the first time in 1982, and is famous for creamy softness and its lively acidity.

Vineyards in Schulthaus, above Moos Castle, in Appiano/Monte.

  • Altitude: 540 – 620 meters
  • Exposure:  Southeast
  • Soils:  Limestone gravel with clay
  • Vine age: 10 – 40 years
  • Vine Training Systems:  Pergola and Guyot
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested and clusters selected in vineyard at end of September
  • 85% of wine fermented in stainless steel tanks
  • 15% fermented in oak barrels, followed by malolactic fermentation
  • Wines blended in February
Winemaker's Notes

A premium aperitif and summer wine, Pinot Bianco Schulthauser is also quite a versatile food pairing partner. Straw yellow color with a green shimmer. Clean, fruity notes of apple, apricot and pear stimulate the nose. In the mouth, lively acidity, balanced with a fruit-incised creaminess. This is the consummate South Tyrolean, fresh and fruity Pinot Blanc. It is the calling card for the region.

It goes well with not only seafood and fish but also delicate dishes made with wild fowl. Especially recommended as accompaniment to South Tyrolean Schultzkrapfen.

Wine Summary

100% Pinot Bianco; alcohol: 13.5%; vine age- 10 to 40 years; altitude 540 – 620 meters; grown on soils of limestone gravel with clay; fermented 85% in stainless steel tanks, 15% oak barrels; secondary fermentation occurs separately, followed by blending in February.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Blanc/Bianco grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.7  g/l
  • Yield: 60 hl/ha

Reviews

92 Points

This smells of spring greens, but on the generous palate there’s much more yellow fruit (mirabelle and nectarine) and vibrant freshness that leads you into the refreshing lemon and mineral finish. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, May, 2021

91 Points

Simple, pure and very pretty, the San Michele Appiano 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Schulthauser is geared toward the easy-drinking side of the grape. It’s a classic and mineral-driven expression with white fruit and pear and is very true to this type of mountain winemaking. For those reasons, I’m thinking that a bowl of clam chowder is the ticket here. 2021 – 2024

© Wine Advocate, September, 2021

94 Points

EDITORS’ CHOICE

White spring flower, ripe white stone fruit and Alpine herb aromas mingle with an inviting whiff of freshly kneaded bread dough on this stunning, polished white. It’s dry, elegant and absolutely delicious, delivering creamy yellow apple, citrus, baking spice and tangy mineral alongside fresh acidity. Drink now through 2024.

Wine Enthusiast, October, 2021

General Info

Country Italy
Region Alto Adige
Appellation(s) Alto Adige
Proprietors 350 growers
Founded 1907
Winemaker Hans Terzer
Annual Production 40,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable, organic, biodynamic