Wine region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Variety: 100% merlot
Maceration: 45 days
Maturation: 6 years in old barriques
Radikon’s Merlot is an extraordinary story about Collio, an extreme and exciting red wine that has been aged for 5 years in used barrels and bottles. Stunning on the nose with hints of small dehydrated red fruits, touches of medicinal herbs, ethereal references and memories of coffee and licorice. On the palate it is very balanced between tannin, freshness and texture.
Wine-making: After taking off the grape stalks, the grape is put in oak vats, where the maceration happens without temperature control and without the addition of any yeasts or other. Grape skins must be always covered with wine: that’s why during all the fermentation the cap is punched down manually 2 – 3 times per day. Maceration still goes on for about one month and a half.
Cask aging: After racking the wine lies in old barriques for about 6 years: in the meantime, more than one racking could be necessary. During this process no type of chemical preservative is added to the wine.
Racking in bottles: Racking is made without any filtration or clarification, in August 2011, in bottles of 1 liter and 0,50 liters, with no preservatives adding. The wine is aged in bottle before selling for almost two years.
Pairing with food: Main dishes featuring red meat.