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Terlaner Rarity 2008

2008

"Cantina Terlano has an unusual offering in the form of its Rarities, special editions of mature white wines that have been left to age on the lees in steel pressure tanks for at least ten years. This Rarity is a Terlaner with a youthful freshness that belies its maturity. That makes it perfect for a long period of aging in the bottle.

Terlano has the terroir to produce great white wines, as its Rarities so convincingly demonstrate."

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Wine

Provenance: Alto Adige - Italy
DOC Denomination: Alto Adige Terlano
Variety:85% Pinot Bianco, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 
2008
Yield:
40 hl/ha
Orientation: Southwest
Slope: 30 - 50 %
Altitude: 550 - 600 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 in stainless steel tanks with malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in big wooden barrels for 12 months; further aging on the lees in steel tanks without filtering or fining for eleven years.
Bottling date: 18th August 2020
Produced bottles: 3,340

Prizes

James Suckling : 97 points
Decanter - 96 points
Falstaff - 99 points

Technical data

  • Alcohol content: 13,5 vol %
  • Residual sugar: 1,6 g/l
  • Total acidity: 5,8 g/l

Suggested glass

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Glass for an evolved white wine
Serving temperature: 12 - 14 °C

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  • Wine description

    Color: intensive light straw yellow with delicate greenish reflections
    Smell: Terlano’s 2008 rarity wine has an impressive freshness and a wealth of aromas, with new components revealed at every tasting, including herbal notes of camomile, lemon balm and lovage together with a hint of dried kaki and apricot. The multifaceted bouquet also displays aromas of bread crust and yeast bun paired with flint.
    Taste: The wine is smooth and powerful on the palate, with a crisp and fresh acid backbone that leaves a both youthful and delicate impression and strikes a fine balance with the mineral components. The finish is elegant and silky, but also enormously deep and firm.

  • Vintage

    The year 2008 was a harvest year characterized by capricious weather conditions, representing an appreciable challenge to the wine-makers of Terlano. A damp and cool spring followed a mild and dry winter – the budding of the grapes was correspondingly late and hesitant. There was considerable precipitation in May and June, too, thus extending the period of blossoming. But ultimately, this delay had a beneficial effect upon the later start of the harvest and lower-weight grapes.
    In late-June, the weather revealed just how unpredictable it could be: Heavy hail storms devastated part of the Terlano area. It was only thanks to the rapid response and total commitment of the grape growers that more-serious consequences could be averted.
    Steady and uncompromising labor in the vineyards was ultimately rewarded by Mother Nature. The grapes of Terlano were able to bask in the warming rays of a classic Indian Summer, and the mild weather facilitated harvesting. This resulted in wines bearing the earmarks of the tumultuous harvest year.

  • 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 quartz porphyry bedrock is of volcanic origin.
    • The light, sandy-loamy soils are the foundation for naturally limited yields.
    • The soils have a 55-60% quartz content and a slightly acidic pH.
    • The minerally and distinctive wines are highly prized for their outstanding longevity.

    Soil samples taken from three different sites have revealed the presence of a subvolcanic body around Terlano, which differs in composition from the classic volcanic rock. The skeletal sandy loamy soils have a high quartz content. The absence of calcium carbonate explains the slightly acid pH values. These factors result in a high permeability to water, a limited nutrient supply and thus balanced growth with naturally limited yields. Exceptional soil conditions influence the terroir of Terlano, where the vines have developed a specific reaction to micro-stress and produce their own terroir-specific polyphenols, which give the Terlano wines their distinctive character. The result is particularly salty wines with great tension and depth. The special mix of crystals and minerals in the Terlano soils produces white wines whose unique longevity never fails to impress the world’s wine gurus.

  • 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. Terlano has a remarkable microclimate, with pronounced differences in temperature between day and night caused by the cool downslope winds from the mountains.
    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 600 - 700 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