A fresh, intense, spiced and aromatic nose followed by a well-balanced, aromatic palate showing light muscat, peach and apricot notes driven by good acidity. Cellar for up to 3-5 years.
The fruit is sourced from vines planted between 600-950m asl on stony, fossil-rich, shallow alluvial soils containing diorite and quartz phyllite. Delicate crushing after a short period of skin contact followed by controlled temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks. No MLF (malolactic fermentation).
Opening to an almost salty, mineral note, the 2019 Alto Adige Valle Isarco Kerner is one of the most interesting and distinctive wines—not only in the Cantina Valle Isarco portfolio but from the region in general. It offers a beautiful level of lightness and precision with aromas of citrus, passion fruit and crushed chalk. The wine's sharp focus is remarkable, almost startling.
92+ points, Wine Advocate (September 2020)
The 2019 Kerner from Valle Isarco is intense. It bursts from the glass with exotic sour citrus and savory spices, before giving way to sweet green melon and orange blossom. It balances soft textures against vibrant, cheek-puckering acids and an attractive inner sweetness, which creates a stimulating and wholly satisfying display. The inner florals here are otherworldly, resonating over a distinctive note of key lime. The fruit for the Valle Isarco Kerner grows in stony, mineral-rich alluvial soils with granite and quartz strewn throughout, at elevations between 650-900 meters. It’s all fermented and refined in stainless steel. This is a mountain wine through and through. Consider me a fan.
92 points, Eric Guido, Vinous (November 2020)
A fruity white with aromas and flavors of sliced spiced pears and lemons . Medium body, bright acidity and a clean, vivid finish.
91 points, JamesSuckling.com (August 2020)
Eisacktaler Kellerei was founded in a traditional vine-growing area of the Alto Adige. Cantina Valle Isarco is the youngest wine-making cooperative in the region. Today, its premium white wines have already become famous both at home and abroad.
The Cantina’s first site was located in the celebrated cellars of the Reinthalerhof estate. Anton Gfader, its owner, was named its first manager by the 24 founding members. After a fire ravaged the old Reinthalerhof estate in the winter of 1962, the executive office of the Cantina decided to purchase the ruins and set up a new, modern, efficient production facility.
In 1975, however, a major snowstorm crushed the production building at the facility, so the Cantina Produttori Valle Isarco moved to its current headquarters, which can be easily reached from the Chiusa motorway exit and from the Brennero state highway. In 2005, a new production facility was built at the Chiusa site, and the old plant was given a general restoration.
At present, the Cantina Produttori Valle Isarco has 130 members from 11 municipalities: Varna, Bressanone, Funes/Tiso, Velturno, Chiusa, Laion, Castelrotto, Villandro, Barbiano, Fié and Renon.