||40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 50% Montepulciano
||The name Pelago, deriving from pelagos, meaning ‘sea’ in ancient Greek, suggests its marine character and the special qualities of taste and aroma which are typical of wines produced near the coast.
||Municipality of Osimo (AN)
||Altitude: 100-150 m. a.s.l. Exposure: South-East.
|Composition of the land
||The terrain, which started out as marine formations from the Pleiocene‐Pleistocene era, consists of very deep soil, a very deep, chalky clay loams.
||The grapes are picked by hand, and collected and transported in boxes. Harvesting starts at the beginning of September with the Merlot, continues at the end of the month with the Cabernet Sauvignon, and finishes with the Montepulciano, a fairly late variety, in October, when the grapes have reached peak condition with an advanced degree of phenolic ripening.
||The grapes are destalked and lightly crushed, then fermented at 27‐29°C in steel fermentation tanks, with the cap submerged, for 14‐15 days on natural yeasts.
||Once the malolactic fermentation has taken place, the wine is trans‐ ferred to 225 litre oak barrels for ageing, for a period of 14 months. After bottling, Pelago is left to age further, in a temperature‐controlled environment, for about 12 months.
||A perfect match for red meat, game‐birds and mature cheese.
||Price Umani Ronchi Pelago 2015 € 23.10