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Cantina Terlano has an unusual offering in the form of its Rarities, special editions of mature white wines that have been left to age on the lees in steel pressure tanks for at least ten years. The Rarity is a Terlaner with a youthful freshness that belies its maturity. That makes it perfect for a long period of aging in the bottle. Terlano has the terroir to produce great white wines, as its Rarities so convincingly demonstrate.
Doc denomination: Alto Adige Terlano
Variety: Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
History of the variety: first vintage 1979
Bottles produced: 3,340
Yield: 42 hl/ha
Quality line: The rarities
Description: The lightly crushed grapes were quickly pressed in a 30-minute program on an old horizontal Vaslin press. After fermentation and ten months spent on the full lees in a 2.500 liter barrel, the wine was left to mature on the fine lees in a 2.500 liter steel tank for a further 24 years. In January 2016, that is after 25 years of contact with the lees, the wine was bottled. The extremely long period spent on the fine lees has made the Terlaner 1991 Rarity unique. The mannoproteins and amino acids released during yeast autolysis have enhanced the wine in terms of both flavors and aromas.
Country: Alto Adige Terlaner Classico DOC
Provenance: Alto Adige
Altitude: 250 - 900 m a. s. l.
Slope: 5 - 70 %
Orientation: South - Southwest
James Suckling 2017: 96 points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2017: 97 points
falstaff 2017: 98 points
Guida essenziale ai Vini d’italia – Daniele Cernilli 2018: 97 Points
Slow Wine 2018: Grande Vino
Alcohol content: 13.0 % vol
Residual sugar: 1.3 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
Minimum maturity: 8 years
Serving temperature: 12 - 14 °C