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Sanvigilio Merlot
Sanvigilio Merlot

Country of Origin: Italy

Region: Venezie

Grape Varieties: Merlot

Alcohol by Volume: 12%

Food Matches: Great with a plate of meat antipasti, pizza or pasta.

Price: £6.64
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Tasting Notes: Soft, supple Merlot with still enough structure to partner food. Typical soft, plummy, merlot fruit with a hint of spice. Harmoniuous palate with bright fruit and easy supple tannins.

Producer Details: Cavit is a modern and forward-thinking co-operative group in the mountainous Trentino region of northeast Italy whose 11 cellars are responsible for a massive 60% of the region's wine production. The endless permutations offered from their members' 7,000 hectares of vineyard, combined with an intriguing palette of indigenous and international grape varieties, enable Cavit to offer a broad range which excels at every level. The scale of production, combined with ultra-modern winemaking facilities, understandably makes Cavit one of Italy's most reliable sources of well-made, competitively priced wines, in particular Pinot Grigio. However, with wines such as Arele Vino Santo, Graal Metodo Classico (awarded 'Tre Bicchieri' for the 7th time and voted Gambero Rosso's Sparkling Wine of the Year in 2010) and the outstanding Maso Cervara Teroldego, chief winemaker Anselmo Martini is producing wines which rival the best of the Trentino region.

In The Vineyard: Sanvigilio Merlot is produced in the hilly areas of the Vallagarina valleys. The vine training methods used are Cordon Spur and Guyot in the Veneto; Pergola trentina and Guyot in Trentino.

In The Winery: The grapes are harvested when they are fully ripe towards the end of September. Fermentation takes place at a temperature of 26 - 28 degrees C in small stainless steel tanks. This creates a greater surface area on which contact can occur between the skins and the must, which encourages the extraction of the highest quality polyphenols. The wine is then separated from the skins and left to develop, first in stainless steel tanks and then in oak barrels.

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