Nota Bene

Nota Bene

Appelation and origin: Red wine, blend of Merlot, Malbec & Syrah “Nota Bene” from Bulgaria, PGI Thracian Lowlands, Mogilovo. Midalidare estate grown and bottled.

Vineyard: KaralietsDabovets (Bio certified).

Grape variety: Blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Malbec & 10% Syrah.


  • Organic certified vineyard (Dabovets),
  • Altitude 300-390 metres above sea level,
  • Hilly terrain with 6%-10% slope,
  • Аlluvial, average to low sandy, with a high content of clay (Karaliets),
  • Red clayey soils with high presence of iron oxides (Dabovets),
  • Mild winter, hot summer,
  • Optimal proportion of sunshine and rainfall,
  • Big temperature amplitude.

Harvest: By hand, at the end of September for Merlot, in mid-October for Syrah and at the end of October for Malbec


  • Cooling,
  • Double sorting and press,
  • Cold soak and decanting,
  • Slow stainless steel fermentation,
  • Slow French oak barrels fermentation,
  • Post-maceration,
  • Malolactic fermentation,
  • Ageing in French oak barrels.

Ageing: 10-12 months.

Ageing potential: Mature. Could benefit from further ageing. Keep for 3-5 years.

Volume: 375ml, 750ml.

Closure: Natural cork.

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Downlowad Tech sheet

Grape varieties grown in Midalidare are carefully selected depending on their own characteristics and according to the terroir of Mogilovo. But there are three red varieties that stand out in their development and inspire the creation of Nota Bene. A unique triple blend of Merlot, Malbec and Syrah, in different percentage for each vintage, Nota Bene "pays special attention" to the best of Midalidare, banded together in a bottle of red wine.


Vines are of French origin, at average age of 13 years. The orientation of rows is East-West, with southern exposure. 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. The second regulation is made when the bunches start to change color, in the veraison period.

Tasting notes

Opaque, inky purple colour. Intensive, expressive nose with aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry, spices, natural chocolate, and nicely integrated oaky-vanilla tone. Nota Bene is rich, full-bodied, fruity wine with ripe, lush tannins and excellent acidity balance. A long, spicy finish ends in an expressive aftertaste.

Winemaking notes

The harvest takes place in the early morning, at the end of September for Merlot, in mid-October for Syrah and at the end of October for Malbec. Manually harvested grapes are carried out with 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 enters by gravity 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 for 15-25 days at controlled temperature. Small percentage of the blend ferments in 400-litres French oak barrels. A post maceration is carried out for certain period.. Then the wine is drained from the fermenters and fed for ageing into 225-litres French oak barrels (barrique). Malolactic fermentation takes place under controlled temperature. The wine is aged for 10 to 12 months. Rough filtration, blending and bottling complete the process. Nota Bene is not processed prior bottling so it is possible that natural sediment could form during the bottle ageing.

Serving suggestions

  • Food pairing: Pair with chicken, pork or lamb with BBQ sauce or Asian style, mild spicy meats and pasta, as well as ripe cheeses.
  • Serving temperature: 16-18°C.
  • Recommended glass: Cabernet/Merlot or Bordeaux glass (tall stem, larger bowl, wide rim) or regular Red wine glass.
  • Storage: Cool and dark place, at temperature 12-15°С.



residual sugar: 3.21 g/l

ph: 3.25

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