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Russolo Massarac 2015 Merlot IGT

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Tasting Notes

The Merlot Massarac comes from 60+ year vines in the alluvial flats of the Celina River. The temperate climate is characterised by the hot summers which are needed to ripen Merlot. The grapes are handpicked, lightly pressed and macerated on skins for 5-8 days. Malolactic fermentation also occurs during the low temperature fermentation and the wine remains in tank, maintaining the fruity character of Merlot.


Red fruits and violets are up front on the nose, with an easy to drink tannin structure and mid palate weight. Raspberries, plums and a herbaceous character are accompanied with some tobacco. If you like lighter styles of red that are also deliciously fruit driven, this will be your jam. In fact, I believe everyone will love this wine; it's easy to drink due to its mid palate weight that's heavier than a Pinot Noir yet lighter than a Coonawarra Sauvignon.


Enjoy Me With

Friends at a bbq! This merlot works well with grilled meats, and even some roast white meats too. I’m thinking a roast pork loin with a cabbage and apple salad. Also, don’t forget to throw in some beans with toasted almonds and goats feta.


A great dinner party wine; or for those who don’t want something overly complex. Overall, a bit of a crowd pleaser - Jeremy.


Vineyard in Focus

Azienda Agricola Russolo has been in the Russolo family since the late 1800’s, with the family being known as pioneers of wine making in the Province of Pordenone, just north of Venice.


The winery relocated in the early 2000's to San Quirino, a village to the west of the Italian region of Friuli. This region is characterised by the Pordonese Dolomite ranges. The terroir is much like a mountain valley floor, with cool winds and constant temperature. This combination ensures great acidity, minerality and a fruit driven element. Russolo wines are created with quality in mind, hand picked, with careful wine making practices that preserves the characters influenced by terroir and the grape varieties selected.