Toscana IGT Merlot Cupolone
Wine name:Toscana IGT Merlot Cupolone
Vineyard age (year of planting):Merlot 1992
Soil Type:calcareous, not very deep, skeletal (clayey shists - galestro)
Altitude:400/450 meters above sea level. Gradient: 25%-30%
Colour:Intense ruby red with purple reflections
Nose:intriguing and intense with notes of red fruit, red currants, blueberry and spicy and toasty notes from the ageing in wood.
Flavour:Elegant, great structure, powerful with evident tannins, balsmic notes, long and enveloping persistence
Serving temperature (°C):17-18
Average no. bottles/year:13,000
Dry extract g/l:27-29
Grape yield per hectare tons:7
The Conterno family manages 13 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany. The vineyards stand at Tenuta Ortaglia, a beautiful property near the historical Demidoff park in Pratolino, 12 kilometers from the Duomo of Florence. The grapes are vinified and the wines mature at the cellar of the Tenuta Ortaglia. Giorgio Conterno is the wine maker supported by the agronomists Angela Gambi and Gian Piero Romana and by the oenologist Beppe Caviola.
Vine training system: guyot. Vineyard density: 5,000 vines/hectare.
Vinification and ageing
Destemming and crushing of the clusters. Fermentation and maceration with the skins in steel vats with temperature control for 15-20 days for an optimal extraction of the colour. After being racked a few times, the wine matures for 10-12 months in barriques. Bottling at the end of the summer following the harvest.
Address:LOCALITA' GINESTRA, 34 12065 MONFORTE D'ALBA CN
Year of establishment:1886
Total annual production:80000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):15
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):4.5ha Barbera 1ha Dolcetto 7ha Nebbiolo da Barolo 2.5ha Nebbiolo per Langhe Nebbiolo (Lampia, Michet)
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:mid September - mid October
Agronomist:Gian Piero Romana
Oenologist:Giorgio Conterno/Giuseppe Caviola
The estate, established in 1886, has belonged to the Conterno family for four generations. The vineyards (seven hectares of which stand in the historical cru of "Ginestra") and the cellar are run with passion by Paolo and Caterina together with their son and daughter Giorgio and Marisa. The ageing cellar is still the original one built in 1886 where large French oak casks (35 hectolitre capacity) are used. The vinification cellar has modern equipment in order to achieve the best results and to respect tradition at the same time. The extremely high quality of the wines - the result of the combination of the extraordinary terroir, of a favourable microclimate, of an excellent exposure of the vineyards and of the dedication of the Conterno family - has been aknowledged and prized by the Italian and international specialised press.
The Conterno family manages 13 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany. The vineyards stand at Tenuta Ortaglia, a beautiful property near the historical Demidoff park in Pratolino, 12 kilometers from the Duomo of Florence. The grapes are vinified and the wines mature at the cellar of the Tenuta Ortaglia. Giorgio Conterno is the wine maker supported by the agronomists Angela Gambi and Gian Piero Romana and by the oenologist Beppe Caviola. Eight different IGT/proprietary wines are produced. The average total production/year is of 60,000-80,000 bottles.