“Having spent a quarter of a century maturing to the height of perfection on the fine lees, the Terlaner 1991 Rarity is born again in the bottle. In the year of its foundation in 1893, the Terlano Winery created this historical cuvée from the region’s traditional white varieties, namely Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Selected grapes from old vines on a unique terroir are at the heart of the proverbial longevity of the Terlaner 1991 Rarity.“
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.
Color: Intensive straw yellow
Nose: The wine presents a multilayered nose packed with
youthfulness, with notes of dried wild flowers, almonds and minerally,
spicy yeast. Intriguing balance between nose and palate.
Palate: The wine has a fine palate with a powerful but elegant
structure and a very long, juicy and minerally finish. The pronounced
tension, structure and energy of this wine give promise of outstanding
Although 1991 might be considered an unremarkable vintage, it actually has an outstanding potential for development. A cool and dry spring gave way to a period in late June and the whole of July that combined many hours of sunshine with adequate rainfall. That was followed by a very hot and dry late summer and, as of the end of September, a wet autumn, in which the challenge was to take advantage of the few dry days to harvest the grapes.