Santa Rosato Merlot
Today's Liquid Interest rate: 2.6%
These vineyards are located slightly closer to the Pacific Ocean and therefore receive coastal breezes that help keeping cool temperatures during summer. Annual rainfall averages about 600 millimeters (23.6 inches) concentrated in winter months.
Year of plantation : 1990
Trellising system : Vertical Shoot Positioned trellis
Density : 1,660 plants/hectare (670 plants/acre)
Yield : 18 tons/hectare (7 metric tons/acre)
Harvest method : Mechanical harvest during last week of February.
Fermentation : Starts with active dry yeast (Cerevisiae) at temperatures that range between 14°C and 16°C (57°F-61°F). Fermentation under a reductive method with minimal aeration, protecting the wine from oxidation.
Aging : Aged on its lees in stainless steel vats for 2-3 months before bottling.
The flavours go perfectly with crab, prawns, trout, oysters and grilled vegetables, green beans, olives and peppers.