Schiava Grigia 2011
"Back in the Middle Ages Schiava wine from South Tyrol was a much appreciated drink in the courts and monasteries of the South German area. Today this elegant low-tannin wine, with its moderate alcohol content, is still a popular choice and combines particularly well with the typical dishes of South Tyrol."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige
- Variety: 100% Schiava grigia
- History of the variety: first vintage 1972
- Year: 2011
- 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 steel tanks for 7-10 months.
- Bottling date: 2012-02-22
- Name: Terlano
- Municipality: Terlano
- Altitude: 250 - 500 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 35 %
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: pale ruby
- Smell: Pomegranate, violet and the aroma of almonds or marzipan give the Schiava Grigia its very fresh and stimulating bouquet.
- Taste: With its soft fruit and velvety texture combined with a spicy-salty finish and the low tannin content that is characteristic of Schiava Grigia, this is an uncomplicated and very quaffable red wine.
Good pairing with smoked bacon and sausage as well as South Tyrolean bread tagliatelle with a venison sauce, buckwheat spaetzle with bacon and dandelion, or schlutzkrapfen made with carob flour and filled with an alp cheese fonduta on creamed spinach.
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.
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: 38,2 °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
- ViniBuoni d'Italia 2013: 4 stars
- Alcohol content: 12.5 % vol
- Residual sugar: 2.7 g/l
- Acidity: 4.6 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: 12 - 14 °C