"A full bodied and spicy Cabernet comes from the steep Siemegg site above Settequerce, where the long sunshine hours guarantee fully mature grapes for this noble red wine. The special attraction of this Cabernet is the interplay of rich body and elegant spicy notes."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige
- Variety: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc
- History of the variety: first vintage 1989
- Year: 2012
- Bottles produced: 6,900
- Yield: 56 hl/ha
- Quality line: The vineyards
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes; destemming followed by slow must fermentation at a controlled temperature and gentle agitation of the must in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months partly in big wooden barrels (70%) and partly in barriques using one third new barrels (30%); blending three months before bottling.
- Country: Alto Adige DOC
- Provenance: Alto Adige
- Altitude: 250 - 900 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 70 %
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: lively ruby
- Smell: Spices and herbs, including cinnamon, vanilla, mint and lemon balm beguile the nose together with black currant aromas for a Cabernet that is highly aromatic on the nose.
- Taste: With a combination of juiciness and a light silky elegance, the wine delights the palate, where the fine tannins and structure of this red wine make a highly harmonious impression.
A good choice with roast goose with red cabbage and potato dumplings, confit of pheasant leg with Brussels sprouts, ceps and Schupfnudel potato dumplings, and saddle of hare in a Lebkuchen sauce with mashed potatoes.
After a wet and warm summer, last year’s harvest in Terlano began with the first Sauvignon grapes on 23 August, and in spite of the very mixed weather it was completed without any major problems. “Very healthy and good quality grapes throughout, with ample sugar content and unexpectedly high levels of acidity,” says winemaker Rudi Kofler. On the other hand, the size of the 2012 harvest was below the long-term average. With new shoot formation reduced in part following a very dry winter and spring, the berries were slightly smaller than usual and total yield was down. By way of compensation, however, we can look forward to white wines with ripe fruit flavors and a refreshing acidity as well as highly promising, elegant reds.
In addition to Pinot Grigio and Gewürztraminer, it is mainly Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that have made Alto Adige one of Italy's leading white wine regions. In the case of the reds, the range of wines includes the autochthonous varieties Lagrein and Schiava as well as such international classics as Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet. With all their variety, 98 percent of Alto Adige's wines have a DOC classification, with an impressive share of top-class wines.
Microclimate in Terlano
Continental climate (Cfa Köppen-Geiger)
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
- Alcohol content: 14.0 % vol
- Residual sugar: 2.8 g/l
- Total acidity: 5.0 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: 4 years
- Serving temperature: 16 - 18 °C