Tenuta Santa Maria Decima Aurea Merlot 2009
Grape Varietal: Merlot 100% selected from three clones
Vineyard: The Illasi Valley, 16 km east of Verona, north and south facing land with a gentle slope
Vine Age: 27 years
Soil: Clay with deeper calcareous layers
Training System: Cordon trained
Harvest: Late September to first half of October
Fermentation: Part of the grapes are picked in late September and left to dry for about a month in protected but well-ventilated chambers on the historic Estate. Another part of the harvest takes place in the first half of October in a stage of over- ripening. The two harvests are separately low-temperature macerated and temperature-controlled fermented.
Aging: The two harvests are blended for fining in oak barriques for about 14 months. After bottling, the wine undergoes a period of fining.
Alcohol content: 14.5% alcohol by volume
Tasting Notes: Intense, ruby red in color. Complex aroma with hints of wild berries and dried plums, accompanied by notes of coffee, eucalyptus and vanilla. Well-structured, soft tannins, well-balanced acidity and consistency. Intense, with a fine liquorice aftertaste.
Formats Available: 750 ml, 1.5 L, and 3 L