The soil in the eastern Friuli hills creates this red wine from Merlot, Refosco and Schioppettino grapes.
SENSORY CHARACTERISTICS: The wine has an intense ruby red colour and full, robust bouquet with hints of cherry and raspberry. It has a rich body which is significantly refined during aging enriching the bouquet with peppery highlights. The flavour is dry, structured, zesty and fruity.
VARIETIES USED, WITH PERCENTAGE: 40% Merlot, 30% Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, 30% Schioppettino.
PRODUCTION ZONE AND EXPOSURE: The vines are located in the town of Prepotto, Province of Udine, at 160 m above sea level with an eastern exposure.
TRAINING SYSTEM: Dwarf Guyot and Sylvoz.
SOIL TYPE: Grown in the Ronco area where the high percentage of clay (called ponca) and hillside exposition give the wines great depth, aroma and persistence. Yield is 7/8,000 kg per hectare.
HARVEST PERIOD: Late September with manual collection into baskets.
VINIFICATION: Destemming and pressing of the grapes followed by maceration with daily delestage. The malolactic fermentation is completed in wood.
MATURING AND AGING: In stainless steel tanks and barriques for two cycles for around 11 months. Further aging in the bottle for a few months before sale.
FOOD PAIRINGS: This harmonious and complete wine is an excellent partner for a variety of dishes especially cold meats, roasts, grilled meats and rabbit.
SERVE AT: 16° – 18° C ALCOHOL: 13,5 % VOL TOTAL ACIDITY: 5,2 G / L DRY EXTRACT: 29 G / L SUGAR RESIDUE: 2,9 G / L SULPHITES: 58 MG / L