Gunther Kerschbaumer uses the Sylvaner grape as his canvas for crafting this beautiful alpine white wine from the Isarco Valley near the Austrian border. Made from two plots of 20-year-old Sylvaner vines, this Riserva wine is rich and full with deep layers of ripe lemons and limes, scented with alpine white flowers and with a creamy finish.
Gunther partners up with agronomist Florian Sinn to tend the high-altitude vines (1,800 – 2,100 feet) and vinify small batches of distinctive white wines that express the local minerality and floral terroir characteristics. This Sylvaner R 2009 vintage is a Gambero Rosso 3 Bicchieri winner.
Expected maturity: Now through 2018
Food pairing: Think cheese. This is a great wine with Fontina (and fonduta made from Fontina, of course) and Gruyere, and creamy mild cheeses like Robiola and Cambembert. Sylvaner R is also a fine pairing with grilled vegetables, river fish like trout and steelhead, and lighter meats like roast or grilled chicken.
Visiting Kofererhof: Gunther’s cantina is northwest of Bolzano in drop-dead-gorgeous wine terrirtory. You can visit with a reservation (or roll the dice and just show up — not recommended). He also runs a fine Osteria with companion Gaby Tauber where you can sample his wines (and others from the region) and pair with rich local dishes. Call Gunther on his cell at +39.347.477.8009 or send him an email.
Cantina Address: Frazione Novacella, Via Pusteria 3, Varna 39050 (BZ). Google Map
Learn More: Their website is really just a single page image, but there’s useful info on it.