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.