Terlaner I Grande Cuvée 2015
"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: 85% Pinot Bianco, 12% Chardonnay, 3% Sauvignon
- History of the variety: first vintage 2011
- Year: 2015
- Bottles produced: 3,485
- 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 oak casks (12 hl); malolactic fermentation and ageing on the lees for 12 months in big wooden barrels;
Blending: composition of the Grand Cuvée in April 2016.
- 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.
2015 will go down in the history of viticulture as hot and dry but generally a good year. As a result of a combination of high temperatures and low levels of precipitation, the water supply to the vines was at the lower limit, and the vines produced loose clusters of small grapes – ideal conditions for top quality wines.
New shoots appeared on the vines towards the end of March and beginning of April. Spring brought both a little rain and numerous days with above-average temperatures. The vines made correspondingly rapid progress, and by mid-May the first inflorescences started to blossom. In the following weeks, summer consolidated its hold and the warmest June on record for South Tyrol was followed by a July with more record temperatures and numerous nights with temperatures above 20°C. That slowed down the ripening process in the lower-level vineyards and harmonized the vegetation stages on all the sites. Irrigation measures were taken to avoid desiccation and negative effects in terms of quality. Lignification proceeded quickly and well, and the ripening of the grapes also made fast progress. Thanks to the sunny days of late summer, it was possible to start harvesting the grapes at the end of August already. The biggest challenge at this point was choosing the ideal date for the harvest to ensure that the grapes had achieved phenolic maturity and offered a good balance between sugars and acidity.
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
- Falstaff 2018: 97 points
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2018: 97 points
- Alcohol content: 14.5 % vol
- Residual sugar: 1.4 g/l
- Total acidity: 5.9 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