2018 - James Suckling

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2018 - James Suckling

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2018 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"I enjoyed a very special afternoon with winemaker Rudi Kofler visiting the extreme vineyard sites above the town of Terlano, located halfway between Bolzano and Merano along the Adige River valley. The Vorberg vineyards are planted at near vertical inclines ...

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2018 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"I enjoyed a very special afternoon with winemaker Rudi Kofler visiting the extreme vineyard sites above the town of Terlano, located halfway between Bolzano and Merano along the Adige River valley. The Vorberg vineyards are planted at near vertical inclines ...

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2013 - Jancis Robinson

Terlano is unique as a co-op in that it favours low yields, cherishes old vines, and prefers to ferment and age its wines in large oak casks, long before this became fashionable again. But its biggest assets are its members' vineyards, all within the Terlano zone and between 200 and 900 m. This diverse range of altitudes has been taken full advantage of by matching the red Lagrein and Cabernet Sauvignon with the lower-altitude vineyards, while the whites and Pinot Noir come from the higher parts. Their Vorberg Pinot Bianco comes from a band of terraced vineyards tended by 12 growers and ranging up to some 900 m. Vorberg is considered a veritable Pinot Bianco cru, something that was strongly confirmed by a flight of Vorberg going back to 1986 that I tasted during my visit.

Acidity is a key in the ageworthiness of Terlano's whites, but it is not the only one. What really struck me was that even the oldest Pinot Bianco Vorberg in the flight showed hardly any oxidation. Time and again it was pointed out to me that this was due to those precious porphyry soils, and the hard work of their grape growers.

  • Pinot Bianco '86

    17.5+ points
    Recorked one year ago while replenished with a bottle of the same wine and vintage. Deep lemony yellow. Hugely attractive, complex and yet restrained nose, showing surprisingly little age. Malt notes but much less overlayering than in the 1996 and with fine perfumed candied lemon fruit. Nutty, minerally and very slow for the fruit to emerge. Bright acidity on the attack. Very compact and really closed. But loads of minerals, honeycomb hints and lemon fruit on the finish. Precise.
  • Vorberg '02

    17.5+ points
    Lemony yellow. Hugely appealing grated lemon skin. Has a certain coolness to it. Very fine and complex and only a hint of honey and still very young and energetic. Lemon-curd acidity. Wonderful tactile finish.
  • Vorberg '10

    17.5 points
    Brilliant straw. Fine honeyed waxy and candied-peel nose. Really distinct and appealing. Lovely lemony vein, and spiked with minerality. The yet neutral palate will develop with time. Very good and full of personality.
  • Vorberg '96

    17.5 points
    Although aged for two years prior to release, it was not labelled as Riserva, because it was not yet decreed in the regulations. Lemony yellow. At first malty notes, apple peel and a little waxy, but much more complex than 2004, with only a hint of nuttiness. Minerally and very slow to open up. Could do with decanting. Candied lemon peel and mandarin, hint of iron. Some waxy notes of ageing on the palate, then fine mandarin fruit. Succulent and so easy to like. Very, very long and linear at the same time. Almost salty and clean as a whistle. Perhaps just a tiny bit less long than 2002.
  • Vorberg '04

    17+ points
    Lemony yellow. At first candied sweet fruit and hints of bee wax and apple peel, which lifts a little with aeration. Honeyed mandarin and candied melon. Acidity manifest itself more clearly than in the 2008 and 2012 version of this wine. Pink grapefruit acidity and lovely lemon-pith bitterness on a long finish.
  • Vorberg '08

    17 points
    Brilliant pale lemony yellow. Beautiful peach and notes of sweet apricot. Fine, honeyed fruit palate with a lemony finish, showing hardly any progress. Neutral mid palate begins to fill up. Salty, long finish.
  • Terlaner '12

    16 points
    Pale straw. Soft, herbs but with real focus and with hints of stones. Fine citric nerve running through the wine. Still a little neutral on the mid palate but with very good length and freshness. Confident.