MERLOT D.O.C. FRIULI GRAVE
TYPE OF WINE: Red, dry, Merlot Friuli Grave.
PRODUCER: Fernando Pighin & Figli S.agr. a r.l.
GRAPE VARIETIES: Monovarietal Merlot.
ZONE OF PRODUCTION: Fraz. Risano, Pavia di Udine (UD), Italy.
SOIL: Moderately loose-packed, with patches of gravel.
TRAINING SYSTEM: Mainly single Guyot with 4,000 vines per hectare, bunch thinning to obtain a more structured product which is suited to long development.
YIELD PER HECTARE: 80 quintals of grapes per hectare.
HARVEST: During the period of optimal ripeness, at the end of September.
VINIFICATION: With the technique of maceration on the skins at the controlled temperature of +10° to +28° C for a period of 10 days.
AGEING: 2 months in stainless steel vats, 12 - 14 months in oak barrels of various origins (from Slavonia and France) and subsequently in the bottle for 6 months before marketing.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12.50% by vol.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2 g/l.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 4.70 g/l in tartaric acid.
EXTRACT: 28 g/l.
COLOUR: More or less intense ruby red, bright.
BOUQUET: Well defined, mouth-filling with clear aromas of morello cherry, blackberry and violet accompanied by spicy notes.
TASTE: Dry, good body, appropriately tannic, warm, well-developed, excellent finish.
PAIRING: Pairs well with game and grilled meats, excellent with cured meats and aged cheeses.
SERVE: At the temperature of +18° C to +20° C. Uncork the bottle half an hour before serving.
CONSUMPTION AND AGEING POTENTIAL: Wine with excellent longevity. In the proper conditions, it can be aged for 5 to 6 years.