Rosso Conero Praeludium
Wine name:Rosso Conero Praeludium
Appellation:ROSSO CONERO DOC
Vineyard extension (hectares):2.20
Blend:85% Montepulciano 15% Merlot, Syrah
Vineyard age (year of planting):Merlot, Syrah 2001,1999 Montepulciano 2001,1999
Soil Type:the soil, of Pliocenic origin, caries from calcareous/clayey to calcareous/sandy
Colour:not very deep ruby red with evident purple reflections
Nose:Intense, fruity, typical of Montepulciano, enhanced by the freshness of Merlot and Syrab
Flavour:Supple and elegant with underbrush berry notes
Serving temperature (°C):16
Match with:White meat, fish soup, stockfish
Average no. bottles/year:13,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:8.5
Vinification and ageing
The fermentation of the perfectly ripe grapes takes place in steel vats. The maceration with the skins lasts for 5-6 days. Once the malolactic fermentation is completed, the wine is racked and bottled at the end of the winter following the harvest.
Address:Via Musone, 4 60026 Numana AN
Owner:Antonio and Georgina Terni
Year of establishment:1882
Total annual production:90000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):15,6
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):2.2ha Chardonnay 1.6ha Merlot 10.8ha Montepulciano 1ha Syrah
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Harvest period:First week of October
Fattoria Le Terrazze belonging to the Terni family, was established in 1882 on the foothills of Monte Conero. The 1980’s marks the turning point in the winery when Antonio and Georgina transformed the winery into one of the most important examples of its kind in the Conero area. In 1995 they decided to plant an experimental vineyard with the idea of producing new clones of the Montepulciano grape variety and between 1999 and 2001 most of the old vineyards were replanted with these new clones. In addition, a few hectares of Merlot and Syrah were also planted and in 2010 the Chardonnay vineyard was also replanted, this time on a north-facing slope.
The farm is perched on a hilltop less than two kilometers from the coast and is composed of a large 18th century building which hosts the bottle warehouse underneath which the barrel-room for aging the wine is located. Another building where fermentation takes place was built in 1982.
The principal grape variety is Montepulciano which extends 10,8 hectares of land. There are also 2,6 hectares of Merlot and Syrah and 2,2 hectares of Chardonnay.
The cellar is designed with the object of allowing the greatest accuracy in winemaking. Great care is taken in the barrel room where the wines are aged and particular attention is paid to the selections which are chosen for aging in barriques of Allier oak.
The winery produces just two wines made entirely from Montepulciano grapes: Fattoria Le Terrazze Rosso Conero DOC, ready for sale after a year’s aging in wooden barrels and the selection Sassi Neri DOCG Riserva aged for 14 months in barriques and then refined in the bottle for at least six months before sale. In good years around 45.000 bottles of Rosso Conero and 15.000 bottles of Sassi Neri are produced. Montepulciano is also the variety used in the unusual Donna Giulia classical method sparkling wine.
Praeludium is a young Rosso Conero DOC (bottled in February of the following year to harvest) in which Montepulciano is blended with 15% Syrah.
The winery also produces an IGT Red: Chaos which is made from a blend of Montepulciano, Merlot and Syrah.
To complete the range: Le Cave, 100% Chardonnay and PinkFluid, a rosé made from Syrah grapes. Winemaker is Federico Curtaz.