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THE GRAPES AND THE VINEYARDS
Merlot is a variety with a long-standing tradition on these hills where it has proved a great adaptability to their peculiar pedoclimatic characteristics. The grapes reach an outstanding level of ripeness, giving very elegant and perfectly balanced wines which are extremely agreeable.
This Merlot is achieved from an old low-yielding vineyard where the selction of grapes was extremely rigorous. Grapes with intense colour and rich concentration were fermented in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature, with a long maceration on the skin. The wine achieved is aged in French oak barriques for a long time where the malolactic fermentation is carried out.
It has a wonderful, deep, ruby red colour, a wide aromatic range of scents in which delicious vanilla notes, small red fruit, layers of jam and sweet spices combine. The taste appears to have a full aristocratic roundness and softness, with quite elegant, agreeable and lingering flavours. To be drunk in large balloons at 18°C combined with important meat dishes.
Grapes: Merlot 100%
Production zone: Montefiascone, Castiglione in Teverina, Tarquinia
Surface of the vineyard: 35 Ha
Altitude of the vineyard: 300 metres above the sea level
Type of soil: Volcanic origin rich in stones
Training system: Spur cordon
Density of vines: 4.200 per Ha
Production per hectare: 4.500 Kg.
Yield of grapes into wine: 60%
Average age of vines: 15 years
Harvest time: First decade of September
Vinification: Maceration on the skins for 18 days with lots of hand pressings. Wine extraction 25%
Alcoholic fermentation: In stainless steel
Malolactic fermentation: Totally carried out in barriques
Ageing: In Never and Tronçais barriques for 12 months
Total acidity: 5,10 gr/lt
Dry extract: 38,00 gr/lt