Poggiobello Merlot 2017

16.99 13.59

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Description

Merlot has been cultivated in Veneto and Friuli since the mid-19th century and has become naturally acclimatised to the area, producing smooth, full-bodied wines in the mould of right-bank Bordeaux.

The last of the red grapes harvested in the Poggiobello estate each year, this gets fermented at ambient temperature in stainless steel before being matured in oak casks for around four months. Intense ruby red in colour, the nose is a summer berry bounty of red cherries, mulberries and black plum, with herbaceous notes and just a hint of vanilla. The palate is smooth and rounded with dark fruits to the fore but with a cleansing acidity and fine length.

Seriously good with cured meats and mature hard cheeses.

  • Ripe, fruity, smooth
  • 750 ml
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2023
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Producer: Poggiobello

When you get to the top of the hill where the winery is situated, it is easy to see why it is called ‘Poggiobello’ (beautifull hill): the view embraces 90 hectares of vineyards, arranged in orderly rows on terraces, facing south in the direction of the sea and northwards towards the white-topped Alps.

The land here is the key to the great wines produced. The largest single land-owner within the esteemed Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, most of the Poggiobello estate is given to vineyards, every twist and turn in the undulating landscape carefully considered for its suitability for one grape over another. Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Refosco, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are grown here at an altitude ranging from 80 to 250 metres.

The cellars were renovated in 2004, carved into the hill beneath the winery and affording a year-round temperature of 17 degrees, along with the addition of temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and a barrel room for ageing the estate's red wines.

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