Legend of Dracula Merlot 2014
Legend of Dracula Merlot 2014
- Variety: 100% Merlot
- Appelation: DOC-CMD Dealu Mare
- Vintage: 2014
- Yield: 5000 kg/ha
- Oak aging: yes
- Alcohol content (vol%): 14,5
ORIGIN: The wine is prepared entirely from grapes of Merlot variety coming from the Dealu Mare which is the homeland of red wines in Romania, the seventh largest country producer of grapes in the world.
WINE MAKING PROCESS: The grapes were carefully selected in the vineyard and also at the cellar on sorting tables before being crushed and stalks removed. The fermentation lasted approximately ten days and was followed by an additional 10-12 days of skin contact. After being run off its skins, the wine went into largeoak barrels for the malolactic fermentation, which finished spontaneously by the end of the year. The separate lots of wine were then racked and, aged separately in barrel on the basis of the various vineyard provenances; the barrels, coopered from Hungarian and Slavonian oak, were of different capacity, 225, 5000 and 7500 litters. The total aging period lasted 10 months before bottling, and a further six month period of bottle aging preceded commercial release
TASTING: Attractive ruby red with violet iridescence. Very pleasant fruity aromas reminiscent of blueberries and blackberries. On the palate is smooth and well balanced with a savory aftertaste. It is recommended to be served at 16°C. It will be well suited to everyday easy meals, burgers, pizza, chicken with tomatoes and onion or sausages.
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Legend of Dracula Merlot Red Wine 2014
The Legend of Dracula begins in 1431, in Sighisoara, Transylvania, a region known for the picturesque beauty of the Carpathians.
Dracula makes a vow in order to become immortal and therefore becomes the most famous vampire who inspired hundreds of writers and directors.
Asleep for several centuries, Dracula returns to life, to tell his real story and to seek his lost love.
VINEYARD: Dealu Mare vineyards make up the most compact Romanian viticulture area (about 14,500 hectares). The climate is temperate continental with cold winters and hot summers, with average annual solar radiation of 125 kcal/cm², average annual temperatures of 10°C heat amplitude monthly average of 24°C and an absolute magnitude of extremes over 70°C. An average of 2200 sunshine hours from which 1635 are in warm semester. The annual amount of warm and heat is over 4000 degrees. Annual rainfall is around 500-550 mm mainly in winter-spring period.
WINEMAKER: With over 25 years of experience gained in Italy and Romania, Fiorenzo Rista, had done a great job participating in the establishment of the very much appreciated local premium wines. Now he creates great wines for Antinori family which invested here in Romania because they found in Dealu Mare vineyards similarities to Tuscany, one of the most famous wine regions in Europe and in the world. The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri in 1385.
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