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Colorito Merlot, Melnik 55 2021 2021

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Art. # 4630

49% Merlot, 26% Shiroka Melnik vine; 17% Early Melnik vine, 8% Sangiovese

The vineyards are located in the lands of the villages of Harsovo and of Kromidovo. The vines of Merlot, Sangiovese and Early Melnik vine are young (5 years old) and the average age of Shiroka Melnik vine is 30 to 50 years. This contributes to the elegant structure and terroir expression in the taste of the wine. The climate is warm, thanks to the air currents coming from the Aegean Sea, but in the evening cooler currents descend from the surrounding mountains, which contribute to the larger diurnal amplitudes. The vines are grown organically following biodynamic practices, with the aim of stimulating healthy and deep root system growth.

The grapes are harvested by hand and separately for each variety - starting at the end of August with Merlot and finishing at the end of October with Shiroka Melnik vine. Before fermentation, a 3-day maceration takes place followed by alcoholic fermentation in separate tanks, at a temperature of about 24 degrees for 7-10 days. After fermentation, a second maceration is performed for no more than 2-3 days, in order to preserve the fruity character and prevent the extraction of coarse tannins. Part of the wines goes in contact with oak and after reaching the desired organoleptic characteristics, the wines are blended and bottled.

Beautiful, sparkling, clear, ruby colour. The aroma is dominated by notes of ripe apple, quince and a fine tobacco tone. Light body with a pleasant apple finish. Tight, fresh and developed wine with good potential.



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AYA Estate Vineyards

AYA Estate Vineyards

AYA Estate Vineyards is a company, the successor of viticultural knowledge for several generations, with over 80 years of experience in artisanal wine production. These traditions determine the direction of the project - the revival of endemic Bulgarian varieties and focusing on the terroir expression of wine, thanks to working with nature, not against it. The main massifs are located in southwestern Bulgaria, in the village of Harsovo, Melnik region, but also have 10 hectares in northeastern Bulgaria, only 2 km from the Black Sea, near Cape Kaliakra, which determines the freshness of white wines produced by Seewines. , especially emblematic of which is Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards in Harsovo, from which the Shiroka Melnishka vine grapes are extracted, are over 50 years old, and the new plantations with Sira, although still young, impress with their potential and the pronounced peppery characteristics of the variety. Seewines follows the principles of biodynamics, both in the vineyards and in the wine production itself, maintains the biodiversity in and around the vineyards and practices the most sparing and environmentally friendly viticulture.

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Struma Valley

Struma Valley

The Struma Valley region covers the Southwestern part of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian part of Macedonia. The climate of the region is specific and is highly influenced by the warm currents from the Mediterranean Sea. The main grape varieties here are the local endemic Shiroka Melnishka vine, Melnik 55 (cross between Shiroka Melnishka vine and the French variety Valdigie), but also the international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and others. Due to the dryer climate and the higher temperatures, the wines develop warm southern tones in the aroma, with nuances of ripe fruit and a densely rich body. Of particular interest are the wines from Shiroka Melnik vine, partly due to the fact that the variety is difficult to grow because it ripens in late autumn. Today, the region is the most dynamically developing in Bulgaria, with many new, small, family owned wineries, increasingly focused on the quality and terroir expression of the wines they produce.

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Southwest of France is Merlot’s birthplace - the regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. Merlot is nowadays widely planted across the world much like Cabernet Sauvignon because it is an early maturing grape variety and because of its ability to ripen fully even in slightly cooler climates. Smooth, velvety, soft and rounded - an “easy drinking" wine with tender tannic structure - these are the common descriptions of Merlot wines.

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