NUSSLEITEN - Alto Adige Merlot, DOC 2018
Dark ruby, ripe berries, delicate toasty aromas, dense firm tannins, opulent and elegant. Sumptuous finish.
The vines for the Merlot NUSSLEITEN grow in the Seehof vineyard, with its face to the south overlooking Lake Caldaro and its back to the mountain for protection from the north. There, purple shimmering berries of excellent quality unfold their ruby red potential. Powerful spice on the nose with pepper, wild berries, redcurrant, notes of coffee and cocoa, and a hint of pine needles. Multi-faceted, full-bodied mouthfeel with alpine freshness, a strong presence and incomparable elegance. Long and complex in the finish with great finesse.
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes from the “Nussleiten” vineyard. Destemming and mash fermentation under controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation followed by 18 months’ ageing exclusively in new barriques. Assemblage 2 to 3 months before bottling, and at least another 12 months’ ageing in the bottle.
Caldaro, Seehof, Nussleiten: 230 m above sea-level, deep, humus-rich, sandy clay soil on calcareous gravel in the immediate vicinity of Lake Caldaro
Alcohol 14% by vol. Acidity 5.7 g/l Residual sugar 0.6 g/l
10 years, very good vintages also longer
Ideal with dishes with mushrooms and truffles, spicy roasted meat, lamb and game dishes, mature cheese, dark chocolate
16 – 18°C
Vintage 2018: Gault Millau (4 grappoli), James Suckling (93), Falstaff (93), Gambero Rosso (3 bicchieri) | 2017: Falstaff (93), Gambero Rosso (3 bicchieri) | 2016: Falstaff (93)
Bottle sizes: 750 ml / 1500 ml