Nova Domus 2010
"The ruined castle towering over the entrance to the village and dating back to 1206 is a majestic sight. Equally powerful and complex is our noble cuvée of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This distinct Terlano cuvée embodies all the strengths of the region in a full-bodied multifaceted mineral wine that takes years of aging in the bottle to achieve its full potential."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige Terlano
- Variety: 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Sauvignon Blanc
- History of the variety: first vintage 1990
- Year: 2010
- Bottles produced: 20,100
- Yield: 42 hl/ha
- Quality line: The selections
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes; gentle whole cluster pressing and clarification of the must by natural sedimentation; slow fermentation at a controlled temperature in big oak barrels (30 hl); partial malolactic fermentation (Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay only) and aging on the lees for 12 months partly in big wooden barrels (50%) and partly in tonneaux barrels (50%); blending three months before bottling.
- Country: Alto Adige Terlaner Classico DOC
- Provenance: Alto Adige
- Altitude: 250 - 900 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 70 %
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: fresh light yellow with slightly greenish nuances
- Smell: This cuvée has a multifaceted structure with a hint of herbs and spices, including aniseed, mint and sage, as well as nuances of fruit aromas, especially apricot, mandarine, honeydew melon, maracuja and passion fruit, all underpinned with salty mineral components.
- Taste: On the palate, Nova Domus is complex and delicate, offering a creamy softness in an interesting symbiosis with an aromatic minerality, and has the texture for a very long finish.
Harmonizes very well with caviar and a good pairing with grilled salmon steaks and fried tuna, fiorentina T-bone steaks, saltimbocca alla romana or braised knuckle of veal; also with a parmigiana with aubergines and truffle fonduta.
Tripe with filet of veal and asparagus crisps - Norbert Niederkofler (Ristorante St. Hubertus)
Because of the dry and cold winter and a similar spring, in the Terlano vineyards, the vegetation period began considerably later than in previous years. After a relatively mild April, there followed a moderately warm and rainy May. The month of June was pleasant, while July proved extremely dry and characterized by record heat. As a result of this unusual weather pattern, many varieties responded with the growth of loose grapes bearing small berries. Additionally already in July, exceptionally vigorous woody growth has been apparent – an indication of a promising year.
The weather conditions during the maturation period were variable; as a consequence of the very low yield, the maturation process nevertheless proceeded at a brisk pace, making it possible to harvest very healthy and fully ripe grapes. All in all, the year 2010 produced one of the lowest yields of
the last 20 years – yet the resultant wines were anything but a disappointment, with outstanding flavor and quality.
About halfway between Merano and Bolzano lie the wine-growing villages of Terlano, Andriano and Nalles, which form the classic DOC area. Here the Adige flows through a wide valley in a south-easterly direction. Villages and vineyards nestle against the red porphyry rock of the steep slopes, standing on dry soils with little humus, in which the vines have to grow deep roots in order to find enough water. The area is accordingly noted for minerally, well structured whites of great finesse. One very special wine produced here is a historical cuvée of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc named after the designation of origin, i.e. Terlaner Classico Alto Adige.
The high peaks of the main Alpine chain protect South Tyrol from the Atlantic winds and cold northerlies, while the region benefits from the Mediterranean climate from the south. That explains the pronounced differences between day- and night-time temperatures, which are the key to full maturity and elegant wines.
To the south, a number of mountain massifs like the Adamello also have a protective function. As a result, annual precipitation is only about one-third of the average for the southern Alpine foothills, and the number of hours of sunshine is higher. The climatic conditions are not unlike those to be found in wine-growing areas like the Swiss Canton Valais.
When the sun rises behind the mountains east of Terlano on one of the year’s 300 sunny days, it is already high in the sky as the wine-growing area has a westerly to southwesterly exposure. The lower atmospheric density permits more direct solar irradiation with less diffuse sunlight. That increases the difference between the slopes on the sunny and shady sides of the valley.
Microclimate in Terlano
Continental climate (Cfa Köppen-Geiger)
Annual sunshine hours: ø 2135
Maximum temperatures: 38,2 °C
Average temperatures: 12,9 °C
Minimum temperatures: -10,7°C
Annual precipitation: ø 558 mm
Average global radiation: 150,1 W/m²
- North foehn: cool and dry down-slope wind
- Ora: valley wind system from the south, bringing in air from the Po Valley
- Falstaff 2013: 93 points
- Gambero Rosso - Vini d'Italia 2014: Two red glasses
- Le guide de L'Espresso 2014: Tre bottiglie
- I Vini di Veronelli 2014: Tre stelle
- Bibenda 2014: Quattro grappoli
- Wine Spectator 2014: 91 points
- James Suckling 2017: 93 points
- Alcohol content: 14.0 % vol
- Residual sugar: 3.1 g/l
- Acidity: 5.4 g/l
- Storage advice: Cool storage at constant temperatures, high level of humidity, good ventilation and as little light as possible
- Cellar temperature: 10 - 15 °C
- Minimum maturity: 8 years
- Serving temperature: 12 - 14 °C