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Merlot Contarini Riserva

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Quality dry red wine

Vineyard location and characteristics: This wine is born in the best wine growing area of the Buje region called Contarini-Brazzania where a low yield per hectare allows for the production of extraordinary wines. The vineyards are laid out in an amphitheatre fashion, helping them to ideally utilize the local climate and the mineral-rich white soil.

Vinification and maturing: Alcohol fermentation begins at temperatures ranging from 25 to 28°C for a duration of 15 to 20 days. The malolactic fermentation and the maturation period take place over 24 months in small oak casks which help pair the rich and noble aromas of wood and grape. What follows next is the blending and the ageing of wine in a big wooden barrel over the span of a year, finishing with an additional 6 months spent in a bottle where the wine is further matured and balanced.

Color: Solid ruby

Bouquet: Ripe Maraska cherry bathing in its own liquor with a presence of dark chocolate and a gradual opening of dried black currant and Baccara rose petals

Taste: Cherry fruitiness, delicate cocoa, soft, warm, well-rounded, strong, but at the same time fresh and thus exceptionally smooth, palpable, but refined tannins, everlasting wine

Gastronomic recommendation: Boškarin meat oven-baked at a low temperature with red wine and dry plum sauce, duck roast, crispy baked pork, pasta with truffles, dark sauces, drunken cherry chocolate cake 
  • Harvest: 2007
  • Vineyards: West Istrian
  • Cultivar: 100% Merlot
  • Alcohol: 13,4 %
  • Sugar: 2,7 g/l
  • Acidity: 5,6 g/l
  • Package: 0,75 l
  • Serve at: 18-20°C
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