Quarz 2019 Magnum
Now become an internationally renowned Sauvignon, Quarz is one of the most popular wines of Cantina Terlano, strongly linked (in name and in fact) to the typical terroir of the vine growing area and has become a unique and lovely aging expression of an international grape that has found an exceptional habitat in South Tyrol.
Cultivated at variable heights between 330/350 meters above sea level, the vineyards with South / South-West exposure on slopes that often reach 40% present yields limited to 40 quintals per hectare and insist on quartz porphyry of volcanic origin on which sits a mixed soil rich in clays, draining and not very nutritious: all aspects that translate into a high minerality and richness in the glass.
After careful manual selection and gentle pressing, the grapes ferment slowly at a controlled temperature in steel and then only half are transferred to barrels where they rest for 9 months on their own lees before being blended three months before bottling.
The 2019 vintage was mixed from a climatic point of view, with a very mild end of winter followed by a fluctuating spring, with an unusually low average temperature in May. Summer then came abruptly, with high temperatures and scorching heat that greatly accelerated the growth of the grapes, slowing down between July and August also thanks to some useful rainfall that allowed wider temperature excursions. The Sauvignon was then harvested from the beginning of September with grapes at an optimal state of ripeness, a favorable omen about the quality of the vintage.
When tasting Quarz has a greenish yellow color and an intriguing olfactory bouquet that ranges from exotic fruit (and not) attributable to papaya, mango, pink grapefruit to herbaceous notes of lemongrass, green tea and mint, with a clear mineral presence of flint. In the mouth thre’s great harmony thanking to a meticulous balance between the bursting minerality and freshness and a pleasant glycerine contribution, before a persistent closure that anticipates a fruity and mineral aftertaste.
Elegant, profound and undoubtedly exemplary in its execution, Quarz honors the name of Cantina Terlano by confirming its strong international appeal, even more when in Magnum format.
Weight: 3 kg
Region: Trentino-Alto Adige
Denomination: Alto Adige DOC Terlano
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Aging: 9 months on lees, 50% in large barrels and 50% in steel tanks
Alcohol content: 14%
Service temperature: 12/14 °C
Pairing: Green apple risotto with char, Roasted lamb with herb crust, Salmon tartare