Gewürztraminer Epokale, from the heart of the mountains
Gewürztraminer Epokale is the latest novelty from the Tramin winery. The wine cooperative in Termeno (Bolzano) sees the white variety as a real mission. This limited-edition Gewürztraminer (1,200 bottles, 80 euros) comes from two old vineyards in the surroundings of Maso Nussbaumer, at an altitude of 480 metres in the hilly area below the Mendola massif, with limestone gravel and clay soils and a bed of porphyry rock.
Long ageing in the mine
The debut 2009 vintage was harvested at the end of October. Vinified with soft pressing and resting for 8 months on the lees, Epokale is the result of long bottle ageing in the ideal (and completely natural) conditions of the Monteneve Mine in Val Ridanna, at an altitude of over 2,000 metres. A good 7 years spent in total darkness, at a constant temperature of 11 °C, with 90% humidity and different atmospheric pressure (due to the high altitude).
Gewürztraminer Epokale to stand the test of time
The influence of the atmospheric pressure of the high altitude still needs to be verified, but the technical director of the Tramin winery, Willi Stürz, explains that historically, wines preserved at high altitude are better than those stored on the valley floor. We will just have to wait for the test of time.