Merlot 2012
2012 | 750ml

The winery's icon wine, only produced with exceptional crops. It has a limited number of bottles. Its sale happens only through a prenotation and  it comes with a certificate informing the bottle's number ensuring the product's uniqueness.
In 2008, the world of wines saw the birth of one of the biggest reds ever produced on Brazilian soil, the Merlot Storia Vintage 2005. Its majestic arrival became unforgettable and over time the new editions were highlighting and showing the full potential and the typicality of the Valley of the Vineyards. 10 years later, Casa Valduga invigorates the palates of wine lovers, launching the Merlot Storia 2012, a vintage that has filled the hearts of winemakers and brought new life to the wineries of southern Brazil.

  • Dry Red Wine
  • Merlot
  • 24 months in the Cellar
  • Vale dos Vinhedos
  • 18 months in French Oak Barels
  • 18º a 20ºC.
  • Guard from 10 to 15 years. Provided it is maintained in the right conditions for full development.
  • 20 to 40 minutes.

Sight: Clear and bright, with intense ruby red coloration. It presents dense and abundant tears, already expressing the personality from exemplar.

Smell: Intense and complex. Striking attack of black fruit, entwined with delicate notes of dried fruits. Its 18 months of maturation in first-use French oak barrels provide sweet touches such as vanilla and chocolate. The evolution in the bowl is intoxicating, revealing several layers of aromas.

Taste: Enveloping and seductive, with high viscosity. Firm tannins, correct acidity and long finish, its aftertaste is immersive and demonstrates the quality of the raw material harvested at the perfect maturation point.

Technical sheet
Clone Varietal: Inra 18
Rootstock: 101-14
Terroir: Vale dos Vinhedos
Production System: Simple Espalier
Density/ha: 4.000 plantas
Type of prunning: Spur Cordon
Gems Load/ha: 33.000
Winegrowing Practices: Advanced agricultural technology, proper management of the canopy, thinning clusters for production control. sustainable and precision viticulture, respecting the environment.
Harvest: Manual and selective.

- Final selection of clusters; 
- Picking of fresh grapes; 
- Maceration cold pre-fermentation for 48 hours; 
- Use of selected Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeasts;  
- Alcoholic fermentation in temperature of 24 to 25 ° C; (75,2ºF - 77ºF)
- Remontas and manual delations during 20 days of skin maceration;
- Separation of the remaining solid part and the must;
- Malolactic fermentation; 
- Maturation for 18 months in new French oak barrels;
- Tartaric stabilization;
- Bottling;
- Thinning in cellar for 24 months.

Analytical report
Alcohol: 14%
Total Acidity: 6,1 g/l de ácido tartárico
Volatile Acidity: 0,65 g/l de ácido acético
Density: 0,994
Dry Extract: 32,1 g/l
SO2 Total/Free: 0,118 / 0,036 g/l
Total sugars: 3,65 g/l
pH: 3,32