Toros Merlot (750ml)
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Franco, the winery’s current owner, is a modern wine man who tends his vines with old-fashioned skill. He transformed the Toròs estate and nursed it to its present influential status. A self-effacing grower who enjoys silence and the company of his vines, Franco can usually be found among the rows, tending his beloved plants. The estate is located in the Collio Friulano, located in the extreme north-east of Italy and straddling both Italy and Slovenia.The seamless succession of hills forms broad slopes with superb exposure to sunlight. This terroir is ideal for producing premium wine; breezes, enough temperature variation, special soils. The Julian Alps protect the vines from cold northerly winds while a short distance to the south, the Adriatic Sea helps to temper the temperature swings. Together, they create the climate of mild winters and fairly cool summers that is essential if the vines are to develop to perfection.
The handharvested Merlot grapes macerate for 20 days with regular pumpovers in temperature controlled vats. The colour is a bright ruby red and the nose smells of wild red berries, layered with toasty notes and vanilla from aging in oak barrels. Serve with roast meats, game and strong cheeses.