The varietal combination of Vertigo has a dual function. Since Merlot is in fact a traditional Friulian grape variety, it represents on the one hand a kind of trait d’union between Friuli and the rest of the world. The contribution of Cabernet Sauvignon also gives the wine balance and complexity, affecting Vertigo’s structure and storability.
TECHNICAL DATA SHEET.
Varietal: Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon
Denomination: Typical Geographical Indication Red “delle Venezie”
Soil type: Flysch of marls and sandstones of Eocene origin.
Grape varieties: Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon
Training system: Guyot
Defense methods: Integrated pest control with controlled environmental impact.
Harvest time: First decade of October.
Collection mode: Manual
Vinification: The grapes are gently destemmed and subjected to crushing. Fermentation takes place with temperature-controlled skin maceration in stainless steel vessels. Frequent pumping over is carried out, over a period of about three weeks, in order to extract colors and aromas from the skins. Racking then takes place.
Aging: Maturation takes place for twelve months in steel and small French oak barrels. Bottled wine is normally stored in temperature-controlled rooms for at least four months.
Color: almost impenetrable purplish red.
Scent: persuasive and intense. The enveloping notes of ripe cherry, raspberry, blackberry, apricot and Nashi blend with spicy hints of vanilla and tobacco leaf.
Taste: the attack is soft and voluptuous. The sweetness of ripe fruit and candied orange peel complements the elegance of the tannins. Spicy finish with cinnamon and turmeric in evidence.
Food pairings: Savory first courses, meat main courses, roast beef and pork, medium-aged cheeses.
Serving temperature: 16 – 18 °C