Italy’s 10 leading fine white wines7th February, 2013 by Rupert Millar
9. Cantina Terlano, Nova Domus Terlaner
Region: Trentino-Alto Adige
Classification: Alto Adige Terlano DOC
Average price per bottle: £25
Another contentious border region but another beneficial one for white wines. Alto Adige, or Südtirol if you prefer, displays more of a Germanic influence thanks to neighbouring Austria (indeed German is often the first language) and the region is home to some of Italy’s foremost Pinots and Rieslings.
This wine however is a Pinot Bianco/Chardonnay mix and is one of Cantina Terlano’s site specific bottlings, which it also does for a Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Lagrein (a red grape).
Nova Domus is selected form a 42 hectare plot located 250m to 500m above sea level.
The first vintage was produced in 1990 and around 18,400 bottles are produced annually.
The grapes undergo alcoholic and partial malolactic fermentation in oak, before half is aged in large wooden barrels and the other half in tonneaux. The wines are then blended three months before bottling.
The wine should age quite happily for at least 8-10 years, with Galloni calling it a “big, rich, expansive wine” and gave the 2008 93 points.