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Cassiano

2018

Wine
Six great red wine varieties from our finest sites harmonise subtly in this wine: character and individuality paired with joie de vivre and elegance.

Grape varieties

Merlot 42 %, Cabernet Franc 36 %, Tempranillo 9 %, Cabernet Sauvignon 8 %, Petit Verdot 5 %

Winemaking

Each batch was crushed separately and the spontaneous fermentation with the skins took place in open-top oak vats. Skin contact was limited to ten to twenty days, depending on the variety. In view of the year’s cool weather, the focus was placed on finesse and elegance. The young wine was matured for eighteen months in barriques, one-third of which were new. The individual wines are only blended shortly before filling.

Site and soil

Our finest sites in the Manincor estate, at the “Seehof” and “Panholzerhof”: south-east facing overlooking the Lake of Kaltern at an altitude of 250 – 280 m above sea level. Rich soils consisting of sand and clay mixed with limestone gravel and morainal debris.

Bottled

17,660 bottles were filled in May 2020.

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 1.3 g/l
Alcohol: 14 % vol.
Acidity: 5.8 g/l

Vintage

2018 was a far from easy year. Some of our best sites were affected by hail. We invested a great deal of time in selection during the harvest in order to obtain perfect grapes. Fortunately the weather in autumn was very good, so that we were able to bring in the harvest in our own good time. Manual harvesting took three times longer than usual. In the end it can be said that the 2018 wines are of very high quality. From the beginning of October to the beginning of November, we successively harvested the Merlot, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at ideal maturity. The yield was about 28 hl per hectare.

Description and food recommendations

Bright, full cherry red. On the nose the wine is reminiscent of ripe cherry, liquorice and wild herbs; the smooth, ripe tannins give the wine an especially harmonious mouth-feel with tangy fresh herbs on the finish.

Enjoy at optimum maturity from 2020 to the end of 2028.

Serve: just below room temperature, 60 - 64 °F; in its youth the wine will benefit from decanting; savour from medium-large Bordeaux glasses. It is an excellent match for venison and game, well-seasoned red meats and piquant hard cheeses.

Distributor: Manincor, San Giuseppe al Lago 4, 39052 Caldaro/Italy

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