The best of our grapes, our vines, our terroir, to craft a truly exceptional wine: APPIUS.
The 5th edition of the APPIUS, vintage 2014, is a further expression of the winery’s exceptional quality. The Cuvée 2014 is unmistakably unique, and yet the principles on which it is founded remain the same: low yields, fully ripe grapes and carefully selected vineyards based on their location and terroir. The APPIUS always reflects the climatic conditions of the vintage and 2014 was a very difficult year due to the extended periods of rainfall. Nevertheless, the cellar master Hans Terzer has shown his high proficiency creating a very lively and fresh Appius, with a complex and diverse bouquet that is full of fruit. On the palate, it is fresh, with pronounced minerality, finesse and elegance.
Bright, clear straw yellow with lemon yellow reflections
Complex and intense fragrance, offering the scents of haymaking, yellow peach and persimmon. Secondary aromas reveal resinous notes, hints of mint and thyme, spicy honey and a slight suggestion of the mountains
Supple, with a well-balanced complexity counterpointing pronounced fruit flavours and minerality; a long finish.
Since 1977 Hans Terzer has borne responsibility for wine production at St. Michael-Eppan Winery, bringing it to the top of the Italian and international wine world in just a few years. “I’ve had the idea of APPIUS in my head for a long time; I just had to wait for the right moment.”
During his regular inspections of the vineyards, he found many years ago that individual vines had the potential to produce absolute top wines, due to a very low yield. “I wanted to harvest and develop these grapes separately, creating a completely new and sensational wine – a wine that we at St. Michael-Eppan had not created up until now.”
He seems to have succeeded in APPIUS 2010. Sourced from various historical vineyards within the municipality of Eppan, the majority is Chardonnay; Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon comprise the remainder. “APPIUS is basically fermented and aged in small oak barrels. After twelve months of aging in wood, it then matures on the lees for nearly three more years, inside steel tanks.
So precious an interior indubitably needs a refined exterior. The modern, elegant and minimalist design of the bottle is in keeping with the St. Michael-Eppan philosophy. The dark glass bottle makes it clear that the essence is always invisible to the eye and that we should allow the senses to lead us.
Every year, not only the content is reinterpreted but the design of the bottle also changes. The goal is to design a valuable wine collection that will delight wine aficionados around the globe every year. APPIUS is a limited edition: each of the 4,000 bottles is numbered. Anyone who would like to supplement his or her wine cellar by acquiring one of the coveted bottles of APPIUS must act quickly. It will certainly be worth your while, because a storage potential of at least ten years or even more has been predicted. Let APPIUS astound you.