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One of my favourite Merlots anywhere!

Elegant, balanced, with a fresh finish - beautiful wine. Always surprises me by being better than I remember. How do they do it?


Producer

Gialdi2Gialdi Vini

Source
Switzerland
Red

Information

About this vintage

Vintage
2012
SKU
4115244
Composition
Merlot 100%
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
13.5 %
Stock
22
Last tasted
May 05 2016
Keep until
2030+
Bottle Size
0.75L

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
Red
Region
Ticino (Tessin)
Wine features
Oaked, Old Vines, Slow Wine, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low Intervention
Winemaking features
Malolactic
Variety
Merlot
AOC / DAC / DOC
Ticino
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Aged in
Barrel (new)
Serve at
17
Wine features
Oaked, Old Vines, Slow Wine, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low Intervention
Winemaking
Malolactic

More about this wine

Why choose this
A wine that can delight the wine lover, and also the wine snob and also friends who don't particularly geek out on wine
What to expect
Intense dark and brooding fruit, with a surprising freshness
Food matches
Don't think you have to stick with the usual "intense wine" matches of venison, duck, hung beef. This has a lot of flexibility, thanks to the unfiltered fruitiness. Easy to enjoy solo, easy to enjoy with lighter dishes, and especially delicious with ham o

The freshness and complexity surprise me every time. Yes, this has spent 15 months in French oak, and yet, because it is a slow wine, unfined, unfiltered, unstabilised (or maybe because it ages under a mountain?), it keeps a freshness and intensity of fruit that is just delicious. A very accessible intense merlot, in a good way.

Even if you're rather oak sensitive, like me, and even if you are in general fed up with Merlot, this will delight.



In Depth

The wine is vinified following the traditional bordelaise method with a maceration period of 13 - 18 days at 28 – 32°C. Once the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is matured for over 15 months in barriques of French oak. Frequent racking from the lees allows the wine to be bottled without fining, filtration or other physical stabilization. This may result in slight sediment in the bottle.

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: An intense inviting fruity bouquet of plums and blackberries. With hints of liquorice, coffee, and mint.

Palate: Smooth, rich, full-bodied and still fruity. It combines elegance and a superb structure with ripe and smooth tannins. Long with a good balance on the very persistent  finish.

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