Vintage – 2016
Varietal – Merlot 60%, Mavrud 40%
ABV – 14.5%
Vineyard – Merlot – Elenovo, Mavrud – Panaguirishte, Thracian Lowlands
The 2016 harvest was excellent for red wines, one of the best since the renowned 2003. The absence of late spring frosts ensured the uninterrupted development and ripening of the grapes. The spring and early summer was slightly wetter than usual, but not enough to markedly slow ripening or cause illness and defects of the grapes. July and August were dry with a pleasant average temperature of 22°C. Phenolic maturity was achieved with good levels of ripening of the fruit and optimal sugars and acids, giving excellent fruit aromas and expression of the varietal character. The red wines from the 2016 harvest were characterised with a very rich and beautiful colour.
Selected grapes are handpicked and delivered to the winery where they are sorted by hand, destemmed and pressed in basket presses. The two varieties are vinified separately in small 1,000 litre vats. The alcoholic temperature controlled fermentation is carried out with selected yeast, achieving good skin contact by “dipping the cap”. After completion of the alcoholic fermentation, the two wine are blended together for malolactic fermentation. The wine matures for 8 months in 225 litre French barriques. The clarity of the wine is achieved naturally without the use of any fining agents. Though ready to drink now, the wine has an aging potential for 3-4 years.
Deep red colour with warm shades of ruby. An attractive nose with fine fruit accents – mocha, mint and black berries. Vivid, fresh and elegant wine, nice finish with lingering aftertaste of juicy blackberry, delicate barricade maturity.
Red meats and game, tomato based pasta suaces, mature cheese.Buy Online