"Kreuth Chardonnay offers a fine acidity, creamy structure and an elegant play of aromas. Thanks to its complexity and mineral note, this powerful Chardonnay from the Terlano DOC area is a very long-lived wine."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige Terlano
- Variety: 100% Chardonnay
- History of the variety: first vintage 1993
- Year: 2017
- Bottles produced: 65,000
- Yield: 56 hl/ha
- Quality line: The selections
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 ; malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees for 10 months partly in stainless steel tanks (50%) and partly in big wooden barrels (50%)
- Country: Alto Adige Terlano DOC
- Provenance: Alto Adige
- Altitude: 250 - 900 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 70 %
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: brilliant attractive straw yellow
- Smell: 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.
- 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.
An excellent companion to vitello tonnato and marinated octopus as well as to mixed antipasti and grilled vegetables; a good combination with cheese dumplings and pasta aglio olio peperoncino (with garlic, olive oil and peperoncino), and also with grilled fish with fennel, or crepes au gratin with a radicchio filling, and fresh Tomino cheese.
Wild garlic jelly with asparagus mousse, caramelized eel, morel cream sauce and morel foam - Norbert Niederkofler (Ristorante St. Hubertus)
The wine year 2017 will stay with us for a long time. It started with an exceptionally dry winter, which occasionally led to severe winter damage. A very mild spring caused a premature sprouting of the vines, which was already observable in some locations at the end of March, and progressed rapidly. As a result, the frosty night from 20 to 21 April in the valleys and the low slopes caused severe frost damage. The weather during the flowering/germination was characterized of consistently nice weather-already at this time an early harvest seemed likely. Many hours of sunshine and relatively low rainfall defined the summer months, only in August there were some major rainfalls. On August 22nd, the harvest began in the lower level vineyards. Due to the sometimes-unstable weather during the harvest, with consistent light rainfalls, it had to be interrupted and postponed, thus, the reading phase was demanding and challenging. Overall, one can speak of a quantitatively very small vintage but with good wine quality.
The vineyards are located at between 250 and 900 meters above sea-level on a bed of striking red porphyry, an igneous rock with large mineral inclusions known as quartz porphyry in geological terminology. This terroir is home to salty wines with a fine tension to intrigue the palate plus outstanding longevity. The south-facing slopes receive maximum sunshine. Under these almost Mediterranean conditions, a wide range of grape varieties flourish, while in Terlano itself various Mediterranean plants like olive, pomegranate, cypress and almond trees are to be found. The warm days and cool nights of the ripening period are the key to a high sugar content, intensive aromatics and the typical Alpine freshness of the wines.
In addition to “Alto Adige DOC” as the geographic designation of origin for Alto Adige, the wines are additionally labeled “Terlano” in recognition of the specific climatic and geological character of the terroir. The term “Terlaner classico” is used for those grape varieties that grow in the traditional wine-growing area between Andriano, Nalles and Terlano.
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
- James Suckling 2018: 94 points
- Alcohol content: 13.5 % vol
- Total acidity: 5.8 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: 2 years
- Serving temperature: 12 - 14 °C