Merlot

Merlot 2014


Wine district:

Wine-growing country Primorje, Vipavska dolina


Vintage:

2014

Variety:

100% Merlot


Wineyard:

Tilia estate:
Plače breg (0.7 ha, altitude 140 m a.s.l.),
6000 vines/ha, average plant age 10 years, single guyot training system


Soil:

marl


Wine Yield:

60 hL/ha


Harvesting:

hand-picked


Bottling:

April 2016


Production:

600 bottles / 50 cases


Alcohol:

14.5 vol. %


Sugar:

3.0 g/L


Acid:

6.2 g/L


PH:

3.45


Recomended serving temperature

15-17°C


Wine Technology:

The wine is made from grape variety clone r3 cropped on the terraces with best drainage.
The grapes are very well matured, grape tops are removed with scissors in beginning of August (at veraison). 10 days of classic maceration with two delestages. The wine is aged for 16 months in new French oak barrique barrels Vicard and Cadus. Controlled malolactic fermentation and 12 months of active batonaging.


Wine Description:

Deep red colour with violet nuances. Matured aromas of ripe forest fruit, dry plums, jam with a hint of smoke.
Ready to be enjoyed today, but also suitable for aging 3 – 5 years.


Food and Wine

Recommended with all kinds of meat dishes, venison and spicy dishes. Best enjoyed in a good company!


Weather Characteristics of Vintages:

Early warm spring and budding without major weather stress, optimal rainfall disposal. Blooming ended at the end of May followed by an optimal growth of grapes June. Below average temperatures without a dry period in July followed by an additional fall of temperatures and exceptionally short sunny periods with abundant rain in August. Rainy weather continues in September. A very promising vintage transforms into one of the worst of the last 30 years. Pyrazine vintage. The harvest of early varieties begins in the last days of August and ends in the last days of September.