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Merlot

I.G.T. delle Venezie

Typology: Red Wine

Vineyard size: 40.28 hectares

Growing area: Azzano Decimo-Porcia (Pordenone)

Soil profile: Deep soil with a silty-clay loam texture, sub-alkaline with moderate limestone

Grape variety: Merlot

Aspect: North-south

Average age of vines: 10 years

Number of vines per hectare: 3800

Production per hectare: 12000

bottles produced on average: 20000

Average altitude: 15 mt. asl

Vinification: The clusters are de-stemmed and the grapes gently pressed. The must ferments with cultured yeasts in steel fermenters for 3-5 days at 28-32°C, with regular pumpovers and délestage. The wine is then pressed off and racked into steel tanks for malolactic fermentation and maturation.

Maturation: In steel

Bottle ageing: 2-3 months

Appearance: Ruby red

Bouquet: Fruit and crisp, subtly herbaceous

Palate: Full-flavoured well-balanced

Serving suggestions: Excellent when partnered with lighter meats and heavier meat stews, with lamb, veal alla parmigiana, and medium-aged cheeses