"Winkl has been produced as a varietal wine since 1956. It is a succulent, delicately fruity Sauvignon Blanc made from grapes grown in the very center of Terlano. This location, where Terlano’s earliest wineries were established, is one of the region’s oldest wine-growing sites and is known to have been used for that purpose by the Romans and the Rhaetians."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige Terlano
- Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- History of the variety: first vintage 1956
- Year: 2011
- Bottles produced: 205,000
- Yield: 56 hl/ha
- Quality line: The vineyards
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.
- Bottling date: 2012-01-27
- Name: Winkl
- Municipality: Terlano
- Altitude: 250 - 470 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 40%
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: intensive straw yellow with a delicate green shimmer
- Smell: Ripe fruit aromas of apricot, mandarin and passion fruit mingle with elements of elderberry, nettle and mint.
- Taste: The fruitiness continues on the palate in combination with a fine acidity. The wine scores with a good structure and a minerally but at the same time aromatic finish.
An interesting combination in spring with boiled white asparagus in Bolzano sauce as well as with steamed green asparagus; also with tuna carpaccio, smoked salmon and raw langoustines; and a typical South Tyrolean choice with nettle dumplings, as well as poached trout with vegetables or young goat’s cheese.
Foam of white Terlano asparagus with quail eggs and bitter almond - Giancarlo Perbellini (Ristorante Perbellini), Char on white asparagus, pea stock, mint and char roe - Norbert Niederkofler (Ristorante St. Hubertus)
The climatic conditions we experienced in 2011 presented us with considerable challenges. That is because especially in the case of wines produced in years characterized by extreme weather conditions, the points in time of harvesting is of utmost importance and must be decided on by each vineyard individually.
After an extraordinarily warm and dry April and a summery May, there followed a June with average temperatures and considerable percipitation. The very mild spring resulted in sprouting about a week earlier than usual.
"As a consequence of the ideal autumn weather, too, this vintage can be regarded as 'good' to 'very good'," according to enologist Rudi Kofler.
Winkl extends from the winery to the Rio San Pietro to the north and is bordered by Via Meltina. The site is noted above all for its Sauvignon wines.
Soils: sandy-stony, well-drained soils
Site area: 30 ha
Vine age: 8-12 years
Vine density: 4000-6500
Yield: 56-63 hl/ha
Number of vintners: 14
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
- Le guide de L'Espresso - I Vini d'Italia 2013: 4 bottles
- I Vini di Veronelli 2013: 3 stars
- Gambero Rosso - Vini d'Italia 2013: 2 red glasses
- Duemilavini/Bibenda 2013: 4 grapes
- Alcohol content: 13.5 % vol
- Residual sugar: 3.1 g/l
- Acidity: 6.0 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: 1 years
- Serving temperature: 10 - 12 °C
Glass for a young white wine