Cantina Terlano - Chardonnay Kreuth 2015 Ml. 750
To 12 months
Sometimes renewal is needed to preserve tradition. That takes courage and the willingness to pull together. Fortunately there was no lack of either when the Terlano Wine Growers' Cooperative was established way back in 1893. What was a daring departure at the time has proved successful up to the present day. For wine lovers at least, Terlano wines have brought international fame to this small South Tyrolean village.
The foundation of the Cantina Terlano in 1893 took place at a time when agriculture was the mainstay of the regional economy. Apart from a few innovative winegrowers, however, who looked to the Rheingau region for new ideas and brought grape varieties from Germany and France to South Tyrol, agriculture under the domination of a few big landowners was backward.
The landlords were also the dominant factor in winemaking in the region. In order to liberate themselves from this domination, 24 Terlano winegrowers decided to join forces and founded the Cantina Terlano. Whereas red wines were more common in South Tyrol at the end of the 19th century, with a red to white ratio of 80:20, Terlano was already well known as a white wine area in 1893. Over the years this focus on white wines has been consolidated, and today the ratio of whites to reds at the Cantina Terlano is 70 percent white to 30 percent red.
Born of fire: Terlano's vineyards nestle like sun terraces in red porphyry rock of volcanic origins. A type of Bolzano quartz-porphyry, it comprises a sequence of acidic lavas and volcanic eruption products with intermediate sediment layers. The mainly quartz-rich rocks are composed of minerals like quartz and feldspar embedded in a fine-grained to glassy matrix.
In Terlano the near-vertical rock face consists of various formations such as ignimbrites (rhyolites and glowing avalanche deposits), tuff, conglomerates and lava flows. As a result of repeated mudflows along the Rio San Pietro, the erosion products of this geological succession were transported down to the valley, forming a debris fan that now constitutes the subsoil for the Terlano vines.
The topsoil in Terlano contains a high proportion of coarse grains of siliceous stone and sand. With its skeletal character, the soil quickly warms up. The relatively limited fine-grain fraction is mainly sandy to sandy loam.
Founded in 1893, the Cantina Terlano winery is now one of the leading wine growers' cooperatives in South Tyrol, with a current membership of 143 growers working a total area of 165 hectares. That is the equivalent of some 1.4 million bottles of wine a year. We and our members have long had a strong focus on quality. That has attracted praise and recognition on the Italian and international wine markets, and in spite of its relatively small size, Cantina Terlano is now well established in the world of wine.
Our modern winery produces 30 percent red and 70 percent white wines, all of them of DOC quality (Controlled Designation of Origin). Following the last upgrade and refurbishment in 2009, our cellars now include a total of 18,000 cubic meters of storage space, which ensures that the wines can develop undisturbed. On the outside, the new tract has a natural facing of red porphyry, the stone that gives the wines in the area their typical character. The roof is planted with vines so that it blends in completely with the surrounding countryside.
Our wines are marketed in three distinct quality lines: Selections, Vineyards and Classics. An annual rarity is also produced, which only comes on the market after it has spent at least ten years maturing in our cellars. That makes it a fine symbol of our focus on longevity.
|Ageing and Fining||Malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in traditional wooden barrels for 8 months|
|Ageing||To 12 months|
|Color||Brilliant attractive straw yellow|
|Aroma||The aroma is built of exotic fruit components such as maracuja, star fruit and citrus, with the overall impression in the nose rounded off by spicy minerally notes of flint|
|Aroma||balsamic, Floral, Fruity, Spicy, Burnt, Mineral|
|Taste||This Chardonnay is harmonious on the palate, where the soft and creamy elements combine with a hint of fruit to create a pleasing whole with a counterpoint of minerality and a salty finish|
|Serving temperature||12°-14° C.|
|Blend description||100% Chardonnay|
|Zona||Trentino Alto Adige|
|Matching||Fish tartare, Cold fish starters, Pasta with vegetables, Pasta with fish, Rice with fish, Fish soup, Quiche / savoury pie, Steamed fish or crustacean, Grilled vegetables|
|Ideal with||Earthfood Starters, Seafood starters, Pasta With Vegetables, Seafood Pasta Dishes, Fish, Vegetables|
|Classification||Alto Adige Bianco DOC|