Our Merlot has enjoyed international attention since its first vintage. It has a small production from the hilly vineyards of Ulmo and Maroccoli. This exceptional presentation of this noble grape, rich, round and powerful, is found in the winelists of the most prestigious restaurants and winebars round the world.
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Type Of Wine: Red - Indicazione Geografica Tipica Sicilia (IGT)
First Year Of Production: 1995
Number Of Bottles Produced: 90.000
Production Area: Menfi - Sambuca di Sicilia (AG)
Grape Varieties: 100% Merlot
First year of vines production: 1985 and 1996
Altitude: 100 - 250 metri
Soil Type: ULMO: from shallow to very deep soil.
Medium texture: good presence of stones, slightly calcareous with sections of deep vegetable matter. DISPENSA: shallow soil, average limestone, with a good section of yellow and dark-grey clay; moderate fine texture, few stones.
Yield per Hectare: 8,5 tonnes; 2 Kg per vine
Training System: Vertical trellis, bilateral Guyot
Planting Density: 3.800/4.500 vines/hectare
Harvest Period: 20 to 30th August
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and crushed, followed by the process of extraction on skins conducted with 14 days of maceration with regoular plunging and pumping over.. After draining the wine is matured in French oak barrels for 12 months
Fermentation Equipment: 150 hl stainless steel fermenters
Fermentation Temperature: 28°C
Maturation Period: 12 month in 225 litres Allier oak barrels
Bottling Period: Second half of February
Duration Of Maceration: 14 days on the skins
Alcohol content: 14,75% vol.
Total Acidity: 6,20
Ageing Potential: 8 - 10 years
Pick drinking time: 3 - 6 years