42/25 Merlot

42/25 Merlot

Appelation and origin: Red wine Merlot “42/25” from Bulgaria, PGI Thracian Lowlands, Mogilovo. Midalidare estate grown and bottled.

Vineyard: The vines are planted on the eastern part of Karaliets vineyard.

Grape variety: 100% Merlot from Karaliets.


  • Average to low sandy and clayey soils,
  • South exposure,
  • Mild winter, hot summer,
  • Optimal proportion of sunshine and rainfall,
  • Big temperature amplitude.

Harvest: By hand, during the last week of September. 


  • Cooling,
  • Double sorting and press,
  • Cold soak,
  • Slow fermentation in stainless steel vats,
  • Post-maceration,
  • Partial ageing in French oak barrels.

Maturity: Mature. Keep 3-5 years.

Volume: 750ml

Closure: Screw cap.

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Right hеre, within these coordinates, in the middle of the gently rolling hills of the Sarnena Sredna Gora mountain, in the lovely village of Mogilovo is nested Midalidare Estate. A wine oasis filled with passion and love, where traditions are honored, and nature’s gifts are respected. This is where we create our wines. Some had heard about. Others had tasted them and some even had been our guests and had sensed the charm of Midalidare.

We created 42/25 for You. No matter who you are and where you are, at any time a few sips will take you to Mogilovo and will share with you the passion our wines are filled up with. We created 42/25 so that you could have a taste not just of its aroma but of spirit of Midalidare. 42/25 is not only telling you about itself. Its aroma and taste are taking you on an exciting journey. You are traveling to Mogilovo, but it is not about the destination. It is about the emotion. And the emotion starts with a glass of 42/25 right where you are, goes through 42 degrees latitude and 25 degrees longitude and ends wherever you decide.


Merlot vines are of French origin, at average age of 16 years. The forming is double vertical shoot positioning (VSP or double guyot). Regulation of production is twofold -the first operation is always done when the height of the shoots is 15-20 cm. Only one shoot per bud is left. This creates spaces suitable for the growth of the shoots, more air circulation. The second regulation is made when the bunches start to change colour, in the veraison period. The evaluation is done carefully every year. Excess and low-quality bunches are eliminated in order to obtain a correct plant production.

Tasting notes

Shiny and dense ruby red color. Intensive spicy-fruity aroma, dominated by notes of black pepper and cloves and juicy fruits typical of the variety: black cherries, blackberries, gooseberries and ripe plums. An elegant oak tone and a light earthy shade complete the fragrant bouquet. 42/25 Merlot is soft and balanced in the mouth, with velvety tannins. The body is medium, the spicy-fruity palate corresponds to the bouquet. The finish is spicy, with hints of oak and cherry jam.

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Winemaking notes

The harvest for 42/25 Merlot takes place in the early mornings, during the last week of September. The grapes are hand-picked and are carried out in 10-12 kg boxes.

After 24-hour cooling the grapes are carefully double sorted by hand. At first the whole clusters are sorted and after being destemmed, the second sorting of the grapes is carried out. The fine selection of grapes is sent by gravity to stainless fermenters whose shape resemble an open wooden vat, specially designed by Midalidare. There, at controlled temperature, cold soak takes place in order to obtain maximum coloring substance and fruity flavor from the skin. Gentle warming preceded the yeasts introduction and slow fermentation days at controlled temperature. A post maceration is carried out. Then the wine is drained from the fermenters and part of the blend is fed for ageing into second to third fill 225-litres French oak barrels (barrique). Malolactic fermentation takes place under controlled temperature. 42/25 Merlot is partial aged for minimum 10 months. Rough filtration, blending and bottling complete the process.

Serving suggestions

  • Food pairing: This spicy, yet fresh Merlot matches soft to medium-hard cheeses and tender red and white meats, as well as exotic cuisine, meat stews and generously seasoned vegetable dishes. Pair with mild to medium (but not very strongly flavoured) hard cheeses. Spaghetti and meatballs, lasagne and macaroni cheese; spicy rice dishes and bean dishes with smoked ham or chorizo; roast turkey; chinese style crispy duck pancakes; braised short ribs; chicken, pork or rabbit casseroles with a fruity element.
  • Serving temperature: 16-18°C.
  • Recommended glass: Cabernet/Merlot glass (tall stem, large bowl, wide rim) or regular Red wine glass.
  • Storage: Cool and dark place, at temperature 12-15°С.



residual sugar:  3.7 g/l

ph: 3.43

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