Tenuta Santa Maria Rosso IGT Pragal
Grape Varietal: Corvina Veronese, Syrah, and Merlot selected from three clones
Vineyard: Valpolicella Classica at the Località Novare in Negrar, Verona, and in the Val d’Illasi, 16 kilometers east of Verona
Vine Age: 28 years
Soil: Primarily clay with deeper calcareous layers
Training System: Corvina – pergoletta; Merlot and Syrah – cordon trained
Harvest: Second half of September for Merlot and Syrah, first week of October for Corvina
Fermentation: Vinification for Merlot and Syrah grape varieties is conducted with low-temperature maceration and temperature-controlled fermentation. After crushing, malolactic fermentation is conducted in stainless steel tanks. The Corvina variety is picked by hand and then laid in a drying room for a partial appassimento, constantly monitored for temperature and humidity. To achieve the partial drying of the grapes, the wine-making is carried out in mid- November, depending on the vintage. The fermentation temperature varies between 23 and 28°C and the maceration lasts about 20-30 days, depending on the characteristics of the grape.
Aging: After the pressing follows a period of fining of six months in large oak barrels, as well as a small amount in barriques with further malolactic fermentation. After 6-7 months, the Corvina is assembled with the Merlot and Syrah base, followed by an additional aging in the bottle.
Alcohol content: 13.5% alcohol by volume
Tasting Notes: Deep ruby color lightly blended with garnet red and reflections of violet. Engaging bouquet with alternating hints of red fruit preserves, dried roses and black cherry with subtler tones of dark spice, tobacco and black pepper. Enticing, warm and round, bright acidity with soft, beguiling tannins balanced with great structure and persistence.
Awards: 92 points James Suckling
Formats Available: 750 ml
Current Vintage: 2016