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Lunare

2019

“Our Lunare is an opulent and elegant wine. Its extremely complex aromas and powerful structure combine to create an overall impression of harmony in a highly quaffable wine.”
Rudi Kofler

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Provenance: Alto Adige
DOC Denomination: Alto Adige 
Variety: 100 % Gewürztraminer
Vintage:
2019
Yield:
40 hl/ha
Orientation: South - Southwest
Slope: 5 - 25 %
Altitude: 300 -400 m a. s. l.


Vinification

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 and aging on the lees for nine months partly in big wooden barrels (50%) and partly in stainless steel tanks (50%); blending three months before bottling.

Prizes

James Suckling : 95 points
Decanter - 92 points
Falstaff - 94 points

Technical data

  • Alcohol content: 15,0 % vol.
  • Residual sugar: 6,5 g/l
  • Total acidity: 5,3 g/l

Suggested glass

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Burgundy glass
Serving temperature: 12 - 14 °C

Simple pairings

An attractive combination with the sweet and sour dishes typical of Asian cuisine, grilled scorpion fish or swordfish, and pink-roasted pigeon breast as well as squash gnocchi with walnuts and Alba truffles with a Balsamico dressing; also ideal with rice pudding with cinnamon; and with mild blue cheese, like a mild gorgonzola.

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  • Wine description

    Color: intensive light-golden yellow
    Smell: This Gewürztraminer selection is characterized by a dense, finely knit nose revealing exotic tropical aromas of grapefruit, lime, lychee and orange underpinned with rose leaf and ginger notes.
    Taste: The fruity aromatic character of the wine continues on the palate, which makes it highly quaffable. With its classic dry finish, the wine is complex but at the same time very salty and smooth.

  • Vintage

    In 2019 the growing season was extremely varied.
    It began with a dry and warm March followed by a changeable April and a rainy, very cool May. This long period of cool weather led to very slow development in the vines and slightly delayed flowering until early June. This was followed by a hot month of very summery weather in June, with an extreme heatwave with record temperatures approaching the 40° centigrade mark. These conditions promoted fast and luxuriant growth in the vines. In the following months of July and August, temperatures were more moderate. There were occasional thunderstorms, which provided welcome relief from the heat on the one hand but were also accompanied by heavy hail on the other, and that caused a lot of damage, especially in the Bozen-Gries area.
    The harvest began in the first week of September which, looking back over the last 10 years, was slightly late. Beautiful autumn weather enabled the grapes to achieve full maturity, which gives promise of a good 2019 vintage.

  • Aging

    Cool storage at constant temperatures, high level of humidity and as little light as possible
    Cellar temperature: 10 - 15 °C
    Excellent ageing potential > 10 years

  • Soil

    The vineyards are located at between 250 and 900 meters above sea-level on a bed of striking red porphyry, an igneous rock with large mineral inclusions known as quartz porphyry in geological terminology. This terroir is home to salty wines with a fine tension to intrigue the palate plus outstanding longevity. The south-facing slopes receive maximum sunshine. Under these almost Mediterranean conditions, a wide range of grape varieties flourish, while in Terlano itself various Mediterranean plants like olive, pomegranate, cypress and almond trees are to be found. The warm days and cool nights of the ripening period are the key to a high sugar content, intensive aromatics and the typical Alpine freshness of the wines.
    In addition to “Alto Adige DOC” as the geographic designation of origin for Alto Adige, the wines are additionally labeled “Terlano” in recognition of the specific climatic and geological character of the terroir. The term “Terlaner classico” is used for those grape varieties that grow in the traditional wine-growing area between Andriano, Nalles and Terlano.

  • Climate

    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