Loam

SELECTION

Microzones where late-ripening red varieties can reach full maturity are rare in the Alpine region. Loam Cabernet Merlot owes its exceptional character to the weather-protected position of the vineyards and the properties of its heat-storing soil.

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What an incredibly compact black fruit in the nose: delicate spices and notes of dark chocolate contribute to its complexity. Juicy and elegant on the palate, with extremely fine-grained tannins, dense and velvety.

Profil Panel, Vinum Svizzera, September 2016

VINTAGE

REFINING MONTHS

YEARS OF AGING POTENTIAL

APPELATION

Alto Adige DOC

VINTAGE

2017

Vintage Description

Mild temperatures in April led to early bud break. Favorable weather conditions in May further accelerated the development of the vegetation but a dry period in June slowed down shoot and grape growth. After a humid July, a warm August followed with many hours of sunshine. After several rainy days at the beginning of harvest, the autumn weather developed favorably with considerable fluctuations in temperature. The grapes profited from a long phase of vegetative growth and were in good health, though berry size was somewhat smaller than average. The white wines are very well balanced, with beautiful fruit, fine acidity and juicy freshness. Charming elegance and pleasant tannin structure characterize the red wines.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Merlot (35%).
  • Yield: 45 hl/ha
  • Altitude: 250 – 350 m
  • Slope exposure: south-east 90 % and south 10 %
  • Soil: calciferous gravel with loam
  • Age of the vines: 15 – 25 years
  • Climate: extreme interplay between sunny days, influenced by the Mediterranean climate, and cool nights, marked by the cold downslope winds from the surrounding mountains.
  • Harvest date: early to late October
  • Bottles produced: ca. 15,000, 100 magnum bottles and some other big formats

Winemaking

 At harvest, the grapes are delivered in small bins and immediately gently pressed.
Fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature (26 °C) in big oak casks with regular pumpovers to increase the level of extraction from the grape skins for maximum aroma and an intensive
colour.

MATURATION
Loam matures first in barriques for 12 months, then for another 6 months in oak casks
and finally for at least another 6 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes

Strong ruby red

Pleasantly fruity with a delicate touch of bitterness reminiscent of wild cherry and
blackcurrant, dark chocolate, fine herbs and slightly ethereal notes

Fruity, generous and elegant, full-bodied and juicy – hints of cedar wood, dried fruit and
red berry aromas, with fine tannins and salty minerality

serving temperature

16-18° C

Residual sugar

1,6 g/l

Total acidity

5,5 g/l

ABV

14,1 % vol

Aging potential

> 10 years

Bottle sizes

0,75 l / 1,5 l / 3,0 l / 5,0 l

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Selection

Classics