Terlaner I Grande Cuvée 2012
"The quest was for the perfect creation, one capable of expressing the authentic, innermost character of Cantina Terlano, for a wine that would embody our tradition of more than a hundred years and would combine the strengths of our very best varieties and vineyards. We have achieved that goal. The result is the Terlaner I Grande Cuvée."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige Terlano
- Variety: 90% Pinot Bianco, 7% Chardonnay, 3% Sauvignon
- History of the variety: first vintage 2011
- Year: 2012
- Bottles produced: 3,372
- Yield: 35 hl/ha
- Quality line: Terlaner I
Pressing: gentle whole cluster pressing;
Clarification of the must: natural sedimentation;
Fermentation and maturation: slow fermantation in big oak casks (30 hl); malolactic fermentation and ageing on the lees for 12 months in big wooden barrels;
Blending: composition of the Grand Cuvée in March 2014.
- Country: Alto Adige Terlaner Classico DOC
- Provenance: Alto Adige
- Altitude: 250 - 900 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 70 %
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: brilliant straw yellow
- Smell: rich and complex on the nose; multifaceted aromas of citrus fruit, white pepper and herbs as well as a delicate smoky note
- Taste: The wine’s elegance and perfect balance are the product of its remarkable structure and subtle texture, which give the wine its unmistakable character. It’s extremely long finish is more than pleasant; it leaves its mark in memory as the supreme expression of a mineral terroir that is unique in the world.
After a wet and warm summer, last year’s harvest in Terlano began with the first Sauvignon grapes on 23 August, and in spite of the very mixed weather it was completed without any major problems. “Very healthy and good quality grapes throughout, with ample sugar content and unexpectedly high levels of acidity,” says winemaker Rudi Kofler. On the other hand, the size of the 2012 harvest was below the long-term average. With new shoot formation reduced in part following a very dry winter and spring, the berries were slightly smaller than usual and total yield was down. By way of compensation, however, we can look forward to white wines with ripe fruit flavors and a refreshing acidity as well as highly promising, elegant reds.
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.
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
- North foehn: cool and dry down-slope wind
- Ora: valley wind system from the south, bringing in air from the Po Valley
- Antonio Galloni presents Vinous 2015: 95 points
- Falstaff 2015: 96 points
- Guida essenziale ai Vini d’italia 2016: 98 points
- James Suckling 2015: 97 points
- I Vini di Veronelli 2016: 97 points
- Bibenda 2016: five grapes
- Wine Spectator 2015: 92 points
- Vitae - La guida vini AIS 2016: 4 vines
- Alcohol content: 14.0 % vol
- Residual sugar: 2.6 g/l
- Total acidity: 5.5 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
- Serving temperature: 12 - 14 °C
Glass for an evolved white wine