The Pinot Nero Alto Adige DOC “vom Kalk” Ignaz Niedrist grapes are harvested in late September. Fermentation is undergone in open-top oak vats for around two weeks; afterwhich it goes through malolactic fermentation and aging in barriques for 15 months. The wine rests in bottle for 12 months before release.
Niedrist’s impressive vineyards are located on the summit of the Cornaiano village, in the heart of Oltradige, with amazing views over the Bolzano valley. The amiable and generous Ignaz Niedrist (long term ‘cantiniere’ at the well respected Colterenzio cooperative) has only five hectares of vines and he tends to them with the utmost precision and care. Yields are kept very low and in good years he manages 40 hectolitres per hectare. The wine is then made in his state-of-the-art winery shed, where minimal interventionist winemaking occurs. Ignaz believes the wine has already been made in the vineyard, and he merely needs to guide it to its natural conclusion. The result of this minute scale production and careful attention to detail, is a portfolio of wines which are concentrated, complex and wondrous. The vineyards have been in the family for over 170 years, Josef Niedrist established the estate and was very successful in developing and marketing the wine. In the post-World War Two period, the winery struggled due to economic pressures. However, in 1990, Ignaz and Elisabeth Niedrist reactivated the winery with the clear objective to produce high-quality wine. Demand for these wines is high, and availability is small but even with his niche production, the Gambero Rosso Guide says that Ignaz “brings pride to the Alto Adige”.