Merlot Doc Barrique grapes are harvested when mature, at the end of September. They are then crushed and fermented in temperature-controlled fermenting tanks at 24-26°C for 10-12 days, during which it is pumped over the cap on numerous occasions each day. Once alcoholic maceration is complete, the lees are drawn off and the wine is clarified. It is matured in small 225 litre Slavonian oak barrels, which give the wine a characteristic scent of vanilla, thus enhancing its organoleptic complexity. Once the wine has been suitably matured, it is racked and conserved in steel containers. It is then filtered prior to bottling. A modest period of ageing in the bottle rounds off this wine perfectly, conferring a pleasantly-elegant touch
An attractive bright red in colour, with dark, brick-coloured streaks, what is truly special about this Merlot is its stylish fragrance, bursting with vanilla and red turnip and a sharply-defined hint of tar and flint that becomes more pronounced as the wine ages. Soft and creamy, warmly-mouthfilling flavour, enhanced with hints of rose and wild violet, building up to a voluptuously persistent, fruity finish.
FOOD AND WINE PAIRING
Traditionally enjoyed with roasts and wild fowl, it is also excellent with braised meats and mature cheeses. An ideally-intimate meditation wine to be sipped slowly after a brief period at rest in the glass.
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