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MERLOT Varietal

Origen
Sub-region: Curicó Valley
Soil: Loam | Clay
Alcohol: 13%
Total acidity: 4,5 g/L
Residual sugar: 4 g/L
Climate
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Mediterranean climate characterized by large day/night temperature differences as a result of the proximity with the Pacific Ocean (80 Km) and the Andes Mountains (60 Km). Unlike the neighboring areas Solana Winery receives a fair amount of wind comin! from the south durinslr the summer afternoons. This helps keep the temperature from rising too much during the summer months. Annual precipitation is of 600mm concentrated during the winter months.
Soil
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This Merlot is made startine with grapes from parcels in northern sector, characterized by deep, loam-clay.



Viticulture
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Age of vines: 15 years
Vine management system: Canopy
Density: 1,660 plants/hectare (670 plants/acre)
Yield: 16 tons/hectare (6.5 metric tons/acre)
Harvest method: Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, in the second half of March.
Vinification
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Maceration: Short maceration period 10 days.
Extraction: Traditional pumping-over, and mixing with liquid nitrogen.
Fermentation: Starts with active dry yeast (Bay/anus); temperature 25-28 degrees Celsius (77-82 Fahrenheit).
Aging: Wine conserved on its lees in stainless steel vats for 2-3 months before blending and bottling.
Tasting Notes
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Appearance: Deep red color, bright, with pink highlights.
Nose: Intense nose of blueberry and cassis with a hint of' mint. In mouth: Pleasant and lively mouth entry; medium bodied, with suave tannins in the finish.
Pairing recommendation: Pastas.