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Vigna Ganger

Pinot Noir has been grown in South Tyrol since the beginning of the 19th century. It is generally considered one of the most elegant but also most demanding red wines. It is a challenge for even the most experienced vintner. Our best sites for Pinot Noir occupy an area of about 10 hectares in Mazzon.

In 2008 we began the search for a site that is ideally suited to the production of Pinot Noir – a single site in which the grape variety has the right conditions for optimum development and can also reflect the specific character of the terroir, with the geology of its soils and its history. Years of thorough research and countless tests with mini production volumes finally led us to the perfect site, the Ganger monopole.

It is located in Mazzon, at between 360 and 380 meters above sea-level, with a southwesterly exposure and a slope of 3–5%, and has a unique microclimate and deep calcareous clayey soils. This is the home of our Pinot Noir Riserva Vigna Ganger, a wine as incomparable and unique as the site itself.

Gerhard Kofler,
Winemaker at Cantina Girlan


The Ganger monopole site

Production area: Mazon
Plots: 442 + 443
Area: 1,6 ha
Elevation: 360 – 380 meters a.s.l.
Exposure: South-west
Soil: deep calcareous clayey soil
Average age of the vines: 20 years
Plants: Pinot Noir Clone 777
Microclima: About 1,300 sunshine hours and 475 mm precipitation from April to harvest
Slope: 3 - 5 %
Method of cultivation: Guyot
Plant spacing: 2,00 m × 0,70 m
Plant density: 6.400 vines per hectare

Historical vineyard names in Mazzon

  1. Egens 
  2. Praun 
  3. Welzen 
  4. Auf dem Bichl 
  5. Langfeld 
  6. Cis 
  7. Herbsthöfl 
  8. Lederwiese 
  9. Prantay 
  10. Prindlwiss
  11. Leithen 
  12. Lochwiese 
  13. Titschen 
  14. Lay 
  15. Scheibenwiese 
  16. Ganger 
  17. Ebnet 
  18. Paggen 
  19. Hauswiese 
  20. Hagglstuck
  21. Raut 
  22. Eichwiesel 
  23. Roccolo 
  24. Prozeßackerl 
  25. Poker 
  26. Mandln 
  27. Reilacker 
  28. Teniger 
  29. Kreuzl 
  30. Keilackerl

Pinot Noir Riserva

Appellation: Südtirol Riserva
Variety: Pinot Noir
Current vintage: 2012
First Vintage: 2012
Harvest: 21.09.2012
Yield: 28 hl/ha
Total production: 2186 Flaschen

Wine-making

The fully mature grapes were harvested manually at the end of September 2012 and delivered in small containers. Following de-stemming, the must was transferred by gravity to steel tanks for fermentation (20 days). Following malolactic fermentation, the wine was left to rest for 20 months in barriques and then stored in the bottle for a further 18 months.

Tasting notes

Color Intensive ruby red.
Aroma Ripe fruits, cherries and sour cherries, wild berries, raspberries and a hint of marzipan.
Taste Elegant and refined, very emphatic, with good acidity and spicy notes. Optimum structure with soft and well balanced tannins.
Wine pairings Elegant companion to main courses with red meats, roasts and game. Also ideal with mature cheeses.
Ageing potential 15-20 years
Serving temperature 14-15 °C

Analytical data

Alcohol content 14,65%
Residual sugar 2,1 g/l
Acidity 5,7 g/l - 3,45 pH