Merlot Cabernet 2014 Villa Minelli

50% Merlot 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

Made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Ponzano Veneto and Villorba areas, this deep cyclamen red wine has evident aromas of ripe woodland berries and flowers. The palate reflects the bouquet, with a full and caressing vinosity. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, followed by fermentation with low sulphur dioxide content, frequent daily punching down and ageing on the lees until spring.

THE VINEYARD

LOCATION: in the heart of the Treviso plains in the Ponzano Veneto area, on loose, coarse, gravelly soil

SURFACE AREA: 5.5 Ha

GRAPE VARIETY

GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINES: 12/18 years

VINES/ha: 4.000

VINEYARD ASPECT: flat terrain, rows running north-south

PRUNING SYSTEM: spurred cordon

MEAN LOAD: maximum 6-8 bunches per vine

YIELD (100kg/ha): 70/90

VINE MANAGEMENT: integrated pest control and possibility of irrigation

OPERATIONS ON VINES: leaf removal, tipping, bud removal and working of the soil between the rows to avoid the use of weed killers

HARVESTING AND VINIFICATION

Hand picking in 10/12 kg crates. Variety by variety, when the grapes are perfectly ripe. The grapes are sorted in the vineyard, then on a vibrating table in the winery, followed by destemming, crushing and fermentation at a controlled temperature with low sulphur dioxide content in horizontal macerators. After drawing off, it is transferred to stainless steel tanks where malolactic fermentation takes place, followed by stabilisation and blending, then again in stainless steel until bottling and short bottle-ageing.

 

ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol content: 12.5%; total acidity 5 g/l

TASTING NOTES: deep cyclamen red colour with evident aromas of ripe woodland berries (blueberry and blackberry) and dried rose hips. The palate reflects the fragrance, but emphasising the blackberries, ripe tannins and full, caressing vinosity. Ideal to accompany red meat and braised meat dishes, and mature cheeses.