In the wine-growing area around
Lake Caldaro, Merlot finds the climatic conditions it needs to produce
the best possible results.
“ Merlot is a wine I really like. I’m going to buy more land to grow Merlot grapes very soon because I feel that Caldaro has the perfect climate for producing great Merlot wines.”
Merlot is a red grape variety that has its origins in the French Bordeaux region. It spread to Italy at the end of the 18th century. In South Tyrol, where there are deep and loamy soils and a mild climate, this grape variety has been cultivated for over a hundred years. The name comes from the French word “merle”, meaning “blackbird”, and is a reference to the blackbird’s liking for the grapes. Merlot has a ruby red color, becoming garnet red with increasing age. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and intensive with delicate herbal notes.
Information on the Grand Cru
|No. of vines||150|
Merlot DOC South Tyrol
Grand Cru Riserva
Elegant on the palate, the wine combines aromas of wild berries with soft tannins. An ideal companion to game like quail and pheasant.
Merlot Grand Cru Riserva
|DOC denomination||Südtirol – Alto Adige DOC|
|Grape varieties||100% Merlot|
The fully mature grapes are harvested exclusively by hand. They are carefully de-stemmed and allowed to ferment with the skins for about 20 days. After racking, the wine is left to mature in French oak barriques for 12-15 months before being transferred to stainless steel tanks.
|Maturing||Six to eight months in bottles to reach full maturity.|
|Wine maker||Marco Chisté|
|Alcohol content||13,0% vol|
|Formats||75cl - 150cl|
|Smell||Delicate on the nose, notes of dark berries, especially blueberry and blackcurrant.|
|Taste||A wine of medium structure, elegant on the palate, with attractive notes of wild berries and mild tannins.|
|Storage||Bottles should be stored horizontally in a cool, dark place with minimal temperature fluctuations and high humidity.|
|Recommended glass||Large glasses for red barrique wines.|
|Wine pairing guide||
Excellent with all kinds of game dishes as well as main courses with white meats such as rabbit.
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