St. Michael-Eppan

Pinot Bianco Schulthauser – 2019

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.

Grapes / Soils

Pinot Bianco Vine age – 10 to 40 years Limestone gravel with clay

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 System:  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 combined in February
Winemaker's Notes

A premium aperitif and summer wine, it is also quite a versatile food pairing partner. Straw yellow 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. Not ostentatious. 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 followed by blending in February.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc) grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.7 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/l
  • Yield: 60 hl/ha

Reviews

92 Points

Sliced green apples with lemons and steel. It’s medium-bodied with lively, intense acidity and a crisp, creamy finish. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, August, 2020

91 Points

Packaged in a Riesling bottle, the San Michele Appiano 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Schulthauser is the classic, or the so-called traditional, wine in the portfolio of this dynamic cooperative winery. This lovely expression is silky and bright, with good freshness and a fundamentally vivid or lively quality of fruit. Citrus, wild sage, peach and crushed limestone appear on the accessible bouquet. 2020 – 2024

© Wine Advocate, September, 2020

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