Thursday, August 3, 2017
Cantina Tramin To Unveil Gewurztraminer Epokale, a Wine Aged In a Silver Mine in Alto Adige by Philip S. Kampe
If I hadn't had the opportunity to sample the first bottle of Cantina Tramin's, soon to be released Gewurztraminer, this article would have only been conjecture.
I guess I was at the right place at the right time. Thanks to Cantina Tramin, I witnessed the opening and blind sampling of the first of 1,200 bottles of this 2009 vintage. The grapes come from two vineyards with old vines laying on clay soiul, chunks of limestone and a bed of porphry rock.
Epokale is bottle aged and rests in the Monteneve Mine, an ideal temperature controlled (52F) with 90% humidity natural silver mine shaft. Prior to its home for seven years, Epokale rested on lees for eight months.
Wines that are kept under water for aging or in 8,000 foor silver mine shafts, technically will deviate from the normal aging conditions in a wine cellar.
When released-if the 2009 Epokale reaches your wine merchant-scoop it up-as it will certainly be a collector's item and a bottle that can be talked about for years.
Philip S. Kampe
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