Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Merljaki 2018


Wine district:

Wine-growing country Primorje, Vipavska dolina


Vintage:

2018

Variety:

100 % Pinot noir


Wineyard:

Partner farm:
Pavlica – vineyard Renče / Merljaki, 4000 vines


Soil:

marl


Wine Yield:

40 hL/ha


Harvesting:

hand-picked


Bottling:

August 2020


Production:

1600 bottles / 130 cases


Alcohol:

14.0 vol. %


Sugar:

2.3 g/L


Acid:

5.54 g/L


PH:

3.64


Recomended serving temperature

15-17°C


Wine Technology:

All the vines are very low yielded, lowered further by frost in March. Grapes very well matured.
Before maceration 15% of the must is taken away (saigner) to concentrate colour and tannins. 10 days of maceration in stainless steel tank. One day raise of temperature to 30 °C for grape seed tannin extraction. 14 months ageing in Slavonian and French oak barrique barrels. Controlled malolactic fermentation and 6 months of active batonaging.


Wine Description:

Rich, excitingly elegant. Elegant for 5 years.
Red wine of matured red fruit notes (cherry, maraschino cherry, bramble), dry plums. Smoky and with hints of soil on the palate and nose.
The wine is matured, elegant, drinkable now but also suitable for aging 4 – 6 years.


Food and Wine

Recommended to all kind of red meat, venison and spicy dishes. Suitable for consuming unaccompanied by food in calmer evening gatherings.


Weather Characteristics of Vintages:

Early spring and budding at the end of March. Early flowering, followed by optimal conditions for the development of berries until ripening at the end of July. The ripening was slightly slowed by the arid August, but the harvest began in late August. A rare example of a straight, determined vintage with no major stress. Nature is generous everywhere, so the vintage is recognizable in quality and quantity and in the lack of vessels. Harvesting of mid-early varieties in the middle and late varieties in late September. Finish of the harvest on October 4.


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