Merlot IGT 'Decima Aurea', Tenuta Santa Maria
- 100% Merlot, from a selection of three clones grown at high-density, sourced from a single vineyard planted in 1991 in the Illasi Valley, 16km east of Verona.
- First harvest takes place in late September, with the grapes being left to dry naturally for 1 month, followed by a second harvest of very ripe grapes in the first half of October
- The two harvests are left to ferment and macerate separately
- The wine is then blended and aged in barrique for 14 months prior to bottling
- 1,000 cases produced annually
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Press & Reviews
The 2010 Decima Aurea Merlot is absolutely gorgeous, presenting a deeply alluring display of crushed blueberries and blackberries complemented by mint leaf, candied ginger and hints of vanilla bean. Its textures are like pure silk, enlivened by bright acidity with a mix of tart fruit and spice coating all that it touches, while leaving a saturation of round tannin that frames the expression perfectly. This is pleasurable from start to finish, tapering off structured yet fresh, hints of licorice and violets lingering on. The Decima Aurea is produced through two separate harvests, the first at ideal ripeness and left to air-dry for one month, and the second harvest a few weeks later. The two harvests are macerated and fermented separately but then blended and matured for 14 months in barriques.