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Orizzonte
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Orizzonte

DOC Ticino,Christian Zündel, 2012

1500 ml
CHF 128.–
Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Christian Zündel
Origin: Switzerland / Tessin / Sottoceneri
CHF 128.–
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Article nr. 30120812
Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Christian Zündel
Origin: Switzerland / Tessin / Sottoceneri

Description

Sparkling ruby colour with brilliant purple hue. Fresh touches of blackberry and raspberry on the nose in beautiful harmony with vanilla and toasted notes. Clean and well-structured on palate. The Merlot tannins also impart a complex spiciness. Bold finish with a lasting fruitiness.

Attributes

Origin: Switzerland / Tessin / Sottoceneri
Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturity: 3 to 8 years
Serving temperature: 16 to 18 °C
Drinking suggestion: Brasato di manzo al Barolo, Châteaubriand, Filet Wellington, Rabbit ragout with olives, Roasted lamb gigot, Bistecca fiorentina, T-Bone steak, Spicy hard cheese
Vinification: long must fermentation, fermentation in wooden barrel, fermentation in steel tank, fining
Harvest: hand-picking
Maturation: in large wooden barrel/foudre, long cultivation
Bottling: no filtration
Volume: 12.5 %
Countries

Switzerland

Switzerland – A small country with enormous diversity

Switzerland is famous for its banks, watches, and cheese, but not necessarily for its wine. The Swiss didn't invent wine, but they have been extremely open and curious to it. Wine culture arrived in what is now modern Switzerland via several routes: from Marseilles to Lake Geneva and the Lower Valais region; from the Aosta Valley through the Great St. Bernard Pass to the rest of Valais; from the Rhone through Burgundy, across the Jura Mountains to Lake Constance; and from Lombardy to Ticino, and then on to Grisons.

Regions

Tessin

Ticino: the Merlot Mecca of Switzerland

Ticino winegrowing is thought to date from Roman times, as early as 2000 years ago. But the foundation for today’s viticulture was laid just over 100 years ago, in 1907. It was then that the first Merlot vines were planted at Castelrotto in Malcantone. Since then, the variety has emerged triumphant here. Top selections matured in barriques more than measure up to those from Bordeaux’s Saint-Émilion or Pomerol regions.

Producers

Christian Zündel

Grape varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

The backbone of Bordeaux

The Cabernet Sauvignon gives the Bordeaux its backbone, yielding deep violet wines with powerful tannins and endless ripening potential. It is the top dog in Médoc, and is placed in all five premier crus of Bordelais. When young, it often appears strict and unapproachable, but with advancing years, its tannins round off. It is wonderfully velvety, and yet always maintains its freshness. Typical flavours include cassis, graphite and cedar. Wherever Cabernet Sauvignon is found, Merlot is not far away. It complements the robust structure of Cabernet with softness, fruit and richness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the most-exported vine in the world. It delivers persuasive qualities in Italy as an ingredient of the Super Tuscan, or as the flagship variety from California. There, it is lovingly titled “Cab Sauv”. Meat fans should be aware that it fantastically accompanies a grilled entrecôte. The family tree of Cabernet Sauvignon is surprising: its parents are Cabernet Franc and the white Sauvignon blanc.

Merlot

Everybody’s darling

Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.

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