Hortulus

Merlot

2017
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100% Merlot. Named after the poem Liber de Culture Hortorum (Book on the Art of Gardening) by Benedictine abbot, theologian and poet Walafrid Strabo, describing 23 plants and their mythological significance and healing properties.

Can be ordered in 6-bottle cases.


Maturation & Refinement

Aged for 19 months in French oak tonneaux

Vineyards

Leccio Basso

Form of Growing

Guyot

Vinification

Grapes are picked by hand in small boxes. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous with natural yeasts in 1 ton vats. The extraction of color and tannins is facilitaed by punching down. Maceration of skins is occuring very delicately: Berries are falling from the destemmer directly into the vats without passing through a pump or tubes, hence remaining intact and crush solely due to the weight of berries themselves. Malolactic fermentation takes place in neutral barriques.

Vintage

A very hot and dry year with high temperature peaks. Together with spring frosts, many wineries suffered dramatic loss in quantity. Castagnoli luckily avoided frost damage, due to the relatively high altitude of our vineyards. Despite one of the driest vintages of the last fifty years, the soil of Castagnoli, farmed organically since decades has produced very concentrated, fruity wines with lots of character.

A famed international grape, Merlot achieved outstanding success in Tuscany, producing extraordinary wines that challenge the French. Castagnoli's Merlot grapes create the single-vineyard, single-grape wine Hortulus.

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