Terlaner 2014

"A composition of Terlano’s three most traditional white varieties, namely Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon, this old cuvée, which was one of the wines produced when the winery was founded, is an extremely complex wine. Pinot Bianco, as the main variety used in the cuvée, provides the freshness and a good acid structure, while Chardonnay delivers a pleasing warmth and mellowness and Sauvignon adds the fine aromatic character."
Rudi Kofler

Wine

  • Doc denomination: Alto Adige
  • Variety: 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc
  • History of the variety: first vintage 1893
  • Year: 2014
  • Bottles produced: 220,000
  • Yield: 56 hl/ha
  • Quality line: The selections

Vinification

  • Description:

    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 stainless steel tanks, aging on the lees in steel tanks for 5-7 months; blending one month before bottling.

Production area

  • Country: Alto Adige Terlaner Classico DOC
  • Provenance: Alto Adige
  • Altitude: 250 - 900 m a. s. l.
  • Slope: 5 - 70 %
  • Orientation: South - Southwest

Wine character

  • Color: brilliant pale yellow with green nuances
  • Smell: Green apple and white peach combine with fine nuances of lemon balm and mint to create the typical aroma of the classic Terlano.
  • Taste: Peach is very strong on the palate, too, lending the Terlano its lively but at the same time very mellow character. The multifaceted, well structured flavor derives from an interplay of freshness and minerality and also has a wonderfully persistent finish.

Simple pairings

A traditional regional choice with Terlano wine soup, raw white asparagus salad, typical dishes like pizza and pasta with tomato sauce or foccaccia with rosemary or penne all'arrabbiata; parmesan and fresh pecorino; also with South Tyrolean dishes like bacon dumplings or sausage with sauerkraut, and with turkey breast with root vegetables or a fine veal roast.

  • Vintage

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    • 2014 was an unusual viticultural year, which required a lot of time and effort of the vintners.
      Due to the very mild winter the soil warmed early and subsequently on the lower sites shoots started already at the end of March. Spring too was characterized by very mild temperatures hence mid of May the first blooming inflorescences were observable. In comparison with 2013 vegetation was 2 weeks early, so that an early harvest seemed likely.
      After a short dry spell during the blossoming and post-blossom season from the beginning of July onwards the weather changed completely. Also older winegrowers could not recall a summer with so many rainy days and so few hours of sunshine.  Heavy and frequent precipitation impeded growth and led to a constantly high disease pressure. In several, especially early ripening vineyards, grape berries burst and were affected by rot.
      The extraordinary climatic conditions remarkably slowed down vegetation and therefore the grapes matured only two weeks later than at first supposed. Harvest started on September 8th, 2014.
      Thus, vintners had to keep calm and await the optimal harvest period. The harvest itself was very laborious, every grape was controlled meticulously and rotten or damaged berries had to be removed. Despite the adverse circumstances the vintners were able to deliver healthy and fully ripe grape material.
      After the second harvest week, i.e. from September 20th, 2014 onwards the weather improved and with the golden fall weather the grapes on the medium-high and higher sites optimally matured.
      The total quality of the vintage 2014 was thereby substantially increased.

  • Soil

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    • 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.

  • Climate

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    • 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
      Winds:
      - North foehn: cool and dry down-slope wind
      - Ora: valley wind system from the south, bringing in air from the Po Valley

Terlaner

Prizes

  • Falstaff 2015: 90 points
  • Gambero Rosso - Vini d'Italia 2016: two black glasses
  • I Vini di Veronelli 2016: 90 points
  • Bibenda 2016: 4 grapes

Technical data

  • Alcohol content: 13.5 % vol
  • Residual sugar: 2.9 g/l
  • Total acidity: 6.0 g/l

Aging

  • 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: 1 years
  • Serving temperature: 10 - 12 °C

Suggested glass

Glass for a young white wine

Glass for a young white wine