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Midalidare Merlot & Cabernet Franc

Midalidare Merlot & Cabernet Franc

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

Vineyard: Karaliets, Dabovets (Bio Certified).

Grape variety: Blend of 75% Merlot from Karaliets vineyard & 25% Cabernet Franc from Dabovets vineyard.

Terroir:

  • 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 and in the beginning of October for Cabernet Franc.

Winemaking:

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

Ageing: 10-12 months.

Maturity: Mature; could benefit from further ageing. Keep up to 2-4 years.

Volume: 375ml, 750ml.

Closure: Natural cork.

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Midalidare's brand of the same name honours the nature and climate conditions typical of the village of Mogilovo. Part of the winemaking philosophy is to grow only grape varieties suitable for the winery's unique terroir. Midalidare brand represents the remarkable features of the area in combination with the varietal characteristics of the grapes, individually or blended. The charm of this series is visually supported by the beautiful monochrome wine labels: each wine has its own unique colour.

Red is the colour of a charming Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend.

Viticulture

Vines are of French origin, at average age of 14 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 colour, in the veraison period.

Tasting notes

Intense, dark ruby red color with light red highlights. Attractive fruity nose with a pronounced spice nuance, fine oak, vanilla, and chocolate tone and a bouquet of fruity aromas of ripe cherries and plums, mulberries, blueberries, and raisins. Elegant, full-bodied, and perfectly balanced in the mouth, with well-integrated tannins, the wine has a refreshing call on sense of ripe berries, raisins, and aromatic spices. Midalidare Merlot & Cabernet Franc reveals very long, spicy finish and a memorable fruity aftertaste.

Winemaking notes

The harvest for Midalidare Merlot & Cabernet Franc takes place in the early morning, at the end of September for Merlot and in the beginning of October for Cabernet Franc. Manually harvested grapes are carried out with 10-12 kg boxes.

The varieties undergoes separated winemaking, and their proportion in the blend may vary depending on the vintage. 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 for 10-20 days 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. A post maceration is carried out. 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. Midalidare Merlot & Cabernet Franc is aged for 10 to 12 months. Rough filtration, blending and bottling complete the process.

Serving suggestions

  • Food pairing: Excellent pair for roasted red meat (beef, lamb), pork, duck and poultry; turkey with cranberry; pasta; roasted vegetables; goat cheese, Camembert, Feta; mushrooms.
  • 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.

aLCOHOL CONTENT: 14% vol.

TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.2 g/l

residual sugar: 3.4 g/l

ph: 3.4



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