Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg Riserva 2018
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“The south-facing slopes of Monzoccolo in the Terlano DOC area are the location of steep and sunny vineyards at altitudes between 450 and 650 meters above sea-level, where a very exciting Pinot Bianco flourishes. This rich and highly complex wine is impressive for its minerality and considerable capacity for development and thus underscores the full potential of this grape variety.”
Provenance: Alto Adige – Italy
DOC Denomination: Alto Adige Terlano
Variety: 100 % Pinot Bianco
Yield: 52 hl/ha
Orientation: South – Southwest
Slope: 5 – 75 %
Altitude: 450 – 650 m a. s. l.
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 big oak barrels (70 + 30 hl); malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in traditional wooden barrels for 12 months.
Gardininotes.com – 98 points
- Alcohol content: 14 % vol
- Residual sugar: 0,6 g/l
- Total acidity: 5,9 g/l
Serving temperature: 12 – 14 °C
Ideal in combination with a spicy fish soup, mussels in a pepper sauce and spaghetti allo scoglio as well as mussels au gratin, grilled ink fish and poached char; also one of the few good combinations with artichokes alla romana; excellent with mature Pecorino, a mature Parmesan and mostarda, and Tête de Moine.
Spiced lobster and grilled white Terlano asparagus with pancetta sauce and roasted pistachio nuts – Giancarlo Perbellini (Ristorante Perbellini)
Color: sparkling straw yellow
Smell: The multifaceted aroma of this wine derives from a combination of ripe fruit, including honeydew melon, white peach, pear and Golden Delicious apple, together with the aromas of quince jelly, camomile and pineapple, on the one hand, and mineral notes of flint on the other.
Taste: The interplay of fruity aromatic and salty components is repeated on the palate. The compact structure and elegant creamy elements create a lingering, firmly minerally and spicy character on the aftertaste.
2018 could be defined as “extreme” – from a meteorological point of view – because it was characterized by a snowy winter and a rainy March, conditions that allowed an excellent water supply for the vines. Due to cooler temperatures in early spring, new shoots on the vines appeared in mid-April, later than the previous year. However, the continuation of the season was marked by an almost summery climate, alternating with heavy rainfall, which ensured rapid phenological development of the vines- first inflorescences started blossoming at the end of May.
A hot June ended with a strong hailstorm, causing damage in some of our vineyards. Damage that our producers promptly repaired with great diligence and commitment. The months of July and August were characterized by a great heatwave without precipitation, interrupted by heavy rains in early September. As in 2017, the harvest began on 22 August. Overall, the vintage is satisfactory both in terms of quantity and quality of the wines produced.
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