St. Michael Eppan Appius 2012
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio|
|Profile||Placed in barriques-tonneaux for fermentation, biological acid reduction and vinification. Assemblage takes place after just under one year, followed by another three years of maturation in steel tanks with fine|
|Match with||Appius 2012 is an excellent accompaniment to strong-flavoured fish dishes like turbot or monkfish, and he also pairs particularly well with flavourful main dishes like quail and veal (e.g. fried veal sweetbreads) as well as starters like risotto or veal ravioli.|
|Appellation||D.O.C. Alto Adige|
|Storage||8 to 10 years|
The third edition of the Appius superwine remains true to the same basic principle of excellent-quality grapes, personally selected by Hans Terzer himself, which best express the particular vintage. 2012 was a very good year in the Überetsch region in terms of climate: there was no significant rainfall during the harvest and it yielded fully ripe grapes with a nice fruitiness and an intense aroma, which come through in the Appius 2012. The cuvée is mainly made from Chardonnay, but is combined with Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc. The result is a complex nose of heavenly fruits like banana, pineapple and papaya – but some floral notes also come through. Its creamy texture is flattering on the palate, accompanied by a pleasant minerality, a delicate balance of acidity and a long-lasting aftertaste. All in all this is a harmonious and elegant wine that is guaranteed to be extraordinarily good to drink for many years to come.
In the Media (Parker, 2017) 93 Points
The 2012 Alto Adige Appius is a sultry and sophisticated blend of 65% Chardonnay, 15% Sauvignon, 10% Pinot Grigio and 10% Pinot Bianco. This wine transcends the idea of varietal voice in that all these different grapes come together with seamless unity. You feel the structure of the Chardonnay with the bright fragrances of the Sauvignon. Yet, it's hard to make out any single grape. The bouquet is redolent of peach, preserved lemon, pear and lightly toasted almond. The 2012 vintage is not as chiseled or sharp as 2011 and 2010, but the wine offers even more fiber and textural richness instead.