Colli Merlot DOC No. 2 - 2013
Spinefrasse - Colli Euganei DOC Merlot 2013 ( 83 tsomw points )
From the Veneto (Italy) region comes this 100% Merlot.
In the glass a dark ruby color with garnet hues.
In the nose powerful aromas of black currants, cherries, plums and compote, black pepper, licorice with a hint of tobacco and vanilla.
On the palate medium acidity, medium bodied, pleasant in the mouth with soft tannins. Aromas of strawberries, cherries and pepper with an intense ad persistent aftertaste.
Designation: Colli Euganei Merlot DOC
Grape variety: 100% Merlot
Prodution area: Cortelà, Vo’ Euganeo, Padua (ITALY)
Vineyard exposure and altimetry: south-east, at 80-100 m above sea level.
Wine training system: Guyot
Number of plants per hectare: 4500
Age of vines: 10 years
Yield per hectare: 6 000 kg per hectare
Harvest: grapes are hand-picked and selected
Harvest time: second half of September
Wine making: once the grapes have been destemmed, they are pressed gently and allowed to ferment. Must and grape skins ferment for about three weeks in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 22 to 24°C. The process of punching down the cap is done often to facilitate the release of aromas and colour from the berry skins. Next follow racking and malolactic fermentation. The wine ages for 8-10 months in 5 hectolitre oak barrels.