Elena Walch Cuvée Kermesse Rosso 2015
The flagship red blend "Kermesse "presents an intense ruby color and layered nose of red berries, sour cherries, violet, black pepper and black tea over a subtle smoky/roasted aroma. Firm tannins belie an inviting elegance and surprisingly fresh finish. Distinctive and long-lived. A blend of Syrah, Petit Verdot, Lagrein, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. All the grapes used in the combination are harvested on the same day and vinified as one. The only exception is the Cabernet Sauvignon that ripens a bit later than the rest. The wine is aged in French barrique for 18 months. This is an impeccably crafted red that shows a seamless and somewhat surprising balance. It's impossible to make out any of the single grapes used here. The bouquet is fragrant and dark with black fruit, tar, spice, and tobacco.
Grape: Syrah, Petit Verdot, Lagrein, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
All grape varieties but the Cabernet Sauvignon (which tends to ripen later) get harvested on the same day and are processed all together. The must ferments for approximately 20 days in stainless steel tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation and maturation for 18 months in French oak barriques (Limousine and Allier), almost all of which are new. Finally, the wine matures for several months in the bottle before being released.
Elena Walch is a leading Alto Adige wine estate, in family hands, and belongs to the elite in Italian wine production, with international success.
Encouraging quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the head of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international esteem for her efforts. An architect by trade, Elena Walch married into one of the oldest and most significant wine families of the region and brought new, modern concepts to the traditional establishment. Now, the responsibility for the family business is being put into the hands of the daughters, Julia and Karoline Walch, already the fifth generation.
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