Merlot

Merlot 2015


Wine district:

Wine-growing country Primorje, Vipavska dolina


Vintage:

2015

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:

40 hL/ha


Harvesting:

hand-picked


Bottling:

May 2017


Production:

600 bottles / 50 cases


Alcohol:

14.5 vol. %


Sugar:

2.2 g/L


Acid:

5.8 g/L


PH:

3.5


Recomended serving temperature

15-17°C


Wine Technology:

The wine is made from grape variety clone r3 cropped on the warm 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 followed by a strong rainy period in May. A little later blooming finished in the first week of June. Three waves of extreme summer temperatures (38 – 40 C). Rainfalls with summer showers evenly disposed. Shorter period of dry weather at the end of July. Slightly later ripening, in the last days of August the beginning of the harvest of early varieties. A nice September with some low rainfall that did not affect the course of the harvest. End of the harvest on 9 October.