Merlot

Merlot 2017


Wine district:

Wine-growing country Primorje, Vipavska dolina


Vintage:

2017

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:

February 2020


Production:

600 bottles / 50 cases


Alcohol:

14.5 vol. %


Sugar:

2.5 g/L


Acid:

6.66 g/L


PH:

3.40


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 spring and budding in March. This is followed by heavy spring frost at the lowest positions in late April. Flowering is completed in May. Optimal conditions for berry development. An alternation of longer sunny and shorter rainy periods follows. A very early onset of ripening is slowed by the longer dry period with extreme temperatures (40 °C) in August. A very long rainy season in September finished by strong burja wind during the last week. Harvesting of early varieties in late August, harvesting of mid-early and late varieties merged into the same term in late September, ending October 1.


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