"Torilan – the old name for Terlano – has been chosen for the red equivalent of the white Terlaner Classico. This cuvée is something new in terms of varietal composition: The classic combination of Merlot and Cabernet has been modified with the addition of Pinot Noir, which gives the wine its distinctive elegance and finesse."
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- Doc denomination: Vigneto delle Dolomiti
- Variety: 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet, 15% Pinot Noir
- History of the variety: first vintage 2001
- Year: 2009
- Bottles produced: 14,000
- Yield: 63 hl/ha
- Quality line: The classics
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes; destemming followed by slow must fermentation at a controlled temperature and gentle agitation of the must in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation and aging in big wooden barrels for 7-10 months; blending six months before bottling.
- Bottling date: 2011-11-21
- Name: Terlano
- Municipality: Terlano
- Altitude: 250 - 500 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 35 %
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: intensive garnet red with ruby reflections
- Smell: In the glass, Merlot aromas reminiscent of cassis and black cherry combine with the spicy-smoky character of the Cabernet, revealing a touch a green pepper and vanilla. The elegant blackberry notes of the Pinot Noir round of the composition to form a harmonious whole.
- Taste: On the palate, this cuvée offers an interesting symbiosis of the fruit of the Pinot Noir, the spiciness and tannins of the Cabernet, and the rich complexity of the Merlot.
Goes well with grilled cutlets with ratatouille, venison medallions in a south Tyrolean bread crust with Schupfnudel (potato dumplings), entrecote with grilled vegetables or a venison goulash with pilaf rice.
The optimal conditions for the growth of vegetation presaged an extraordinary vintage. After the cool winter rich in precipitation, there followed an extremely mild and warm spring which helped give the vegetation a boost – by April, the quickly sprouting shoots and a premature blossoming already indicated that harvesting could begin early. The summer months, too, were characterized by a dry climate and average temperatures.
Terlano is a wine-growing village located halfway between South Tyrol’s main towns of Merano and Bolzano where the Adige flows through a wide valley in a south-easterly direction. The village and vineyards nestle against the red porphyry rock of Monte Tschöggl on the orographically left side of the valley.
With sites located at elevations between 250 and 900 meters above sea-level, choosing the right variety is a challenge. The lower sites are better suited to Lagrein, Cabernet and other heavy reds, while Pinot Noir and the white wines are more at home at the higher and therefore cooler levels.
Soils: sandy-stony, well-drained soils
Site area: 150 ha
Vine age: 8-60 years
Vine density: 3,500-7,000
Yield: 42-63 hl/ha
Number of vintners: 130
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 south westerly 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: 36,7 °C
Average temperatures: 12,9 °C
Minimum temperatures: -10,7°C
Annual percipitation: 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
- Alcohol content: 13.0 % vol
- Residual sugar: 2.8 g/l
- Acidity: 5.0 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: 2 years
- Serving temperature: 16 - 18 °C