Colli di Conegliano Rosso DOCG 0,75: 2011 / Magnum: 2006
Made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Marzemino, this wine is produced in the best growing years and in limited quantities. It is fermented in steel, then macerates some 18 days. It matures about 25 months in oak barriques and tonneaux, which gives the wine its generous, complex fragrances and flavours. It boasts a remarkable deep ruby red, with purple highlights. The nose is redolent of wild red berryfruit, with notes of raspberry and wild cherry, and additional ageing brings out a delicate hint of sweet violets.
ORIGIN OF THE NAME Contrada di Concenigo is the ancient name of the place where Bellenda’s first ageing cellar was located, in Ceneda di Vittorio Veneto.
VINEYARDS The vineyards, planted to a density of about 4,000 vines per hectare and trained to the Guyot and spurred cordon systems, are in a mix of limestone and clay. The harvest, performed exclusively by hand, in September, is carried out in several passes, as each variety reaches perfect ripeness.
VINIFICATION The grapes are de-stemmed, and the must macerates on the skins at 12°C for 48 hours. The traditional red-wine fermentation follows, lasting about 15 day, with two délestages. After spending time on the skins after fermentation, the wine immediately undergoes malolactic fermentation.
GLASS AND SERVING Enjoy at 16-18 °C in a large Bordeaux-style crystal glass.
FOOD PAIRING AND WHEN TO ENJOY Contrada di Concenigo complements roasts, braises, and game birds, and is especially delicious with aged cheeses. It will be at its best beginning 4 years after the harvest, and it will continue to improve over the following years, particularly in the 1.5 litre size, in which many of the vintages of this wine are bottled.
|Total Acidity||5.6 g/L|
|Net extract||31.5 g/L|
|750 ml||× 6|
|1.5 L||× 6|