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Merlot Contarini

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 18 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: Ruby with garnet reflection

Bouquet: Overripe Maraska cherry and plum followed by dark chocolate, spices, cinnamon and cloves and finally raspberry

Taste: Fresh, but at the same time warm, mineral, delicious and full of life, with a sour cherry fruitiness and a spicy aftertaste

Gastronomic recommendation: Lamb chops with Mediterranean herbs, pork medallions, duck breast 
  • Harvest: 2003 2004 2006
  • Vineyards: West Istrian
  • Cultivar: 100% Merlot
  • Alcohol: 13 %
  • Sugar: < 2 g/l
  • Acidity: 5 g/l
  • Package: 0,75 l
  • Serve at: 18-20°C
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