Decima Aurea Merlot
Decima Aurea Merlot

Decima Aurea Merlot
Igt Verona

this single-vineyard merlot obtains its unique character through the selection of three clones, low-yield and high-density cultivation at 9,500 vines per hectare. The vinification is carried out through a partial appassimento of the grapes with further refining in barrels over a period of 14 months.

Intense, ruby red in color. Complex aroma with hints of wild berries and dried plums, accompanied by notes of coffee, eucalyptus and vanilla. Well-structured, soft tannins, well-balanced acidity and consistency. Intense, with a fine liquorice aftertaste.

Rosso Veronese – Indicazione Geografica Tipica

production area
The Illasi Valley, 16 km east of Verona, north and south facing land with a gentle slope

type of soil
Primarily clay with deeper calcareous layers

Merlot 100% selected from three clones

Cordon trained, 9500 vines per hectare

years planted
1991 to 1993

This wine expresses both the excellent qualities of the Merlot varietal and the unique character which comes from the traditional partial appassimento method of drying grapes and the terroir of the Illasi Valley.

vineyard management
Due to the high density of the vines and planting method, more than 70% of the vineyards’ management is carried out mechanically. The winter pruning, the selection of spring buds, the harvest, the thinning and choice of fruit, however, is done by hand.

harvest, vinification and aging
Part of the grapes are picked in late September and left to dry for about a month in protected but well-ventilated chambers on the historic Estate. Another part of the harvest takes place in the first half of October in a stage of over- ripening. The two harvests are separately low-temperature macerated and temperature-controlled fermented and then blended for fining in oak barriques for about 14 months. After bottling, the wine undergoes period of fining.

Tenuta Santa Maria di Gaetano Bertani14.5% vol.
serving temperature 15°-18° C from a decanter
best with Risottos, red meat, game and aged savory cheese

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