Merlot

Veneto

Ca' di Alte

Ca' di Alte was created by winemaker Alberto Marchisio. Although Piemontese himself,...

he has been working in the Veneto for some years. He joined Cantina Colli Vicentini as director and winemaker with the 2012 vintage and has since dramatically improved the quality of the wines. The grapes are grown primarily on the hills south of Vicenza, the Colli Berici, where the hillside sites ensure lower yields and better ripeness of the grapes. With Alberto's hand in the winery, the delicate aromas of the wines have been preserved. The Palladian window on the label acknowledges the work of the great Andrea Palladio, many of whose masterpieces are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 16th century architect lived in Montecchio Maggiore, home of the Colli Vicentini winery, and Vicenza most of his life.

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Vineyards

The vineyards are located in the hills and are south-west facing. The hillside sites experience cooler nights, allowing the aromatic compounds in the grapes to develop. The vines are trained using the Guyot system, planted on calcareous soils of volcanic origin.

Vintage Information

Weather patterns for this year promoted normal fruit production. Harvest began mid-September and finished at the end of the month, at which point the berries were slightly withered on the vine.

Vinification

The grapes were harvested, destemmed, crushed and then maceration took place on the skins and lasted 10 days, before fermentation was carried out at controlled temperatures between 25-27°C. Malolactic fermentation took place, and was followed by 40% of the wine being aged in oak for four to five months prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

This Merlot is intense ruby red in colour. It has attractive aromas of ripe red berry fruit which follow through on to the palate. This wine is velvety, round and full-bodied.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2018
Grape varieties 100% Merlot
Region Veneto
Winemaker Alberto Marchisio
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.3g/l
Residual Sugar 5.6g/l
Wine pH 3.42