Ottocento red is a cuvée made from Merlot and Refosco. The grapes are collected from the vines that are 10 to 25 years old and which are close to the cellar. Even though Merlot is not a local variety, it is very well adjusted on the position and climate and blends perfectly with Refosco.
This is a high-quality red wine, authentic enough that when you drink it you enjoy the minerality of the most prestigious Istrian soil, white soil.
Grapes are hand-picked, de-stemmed, and gravity-fed into large wooden barrels for maceration that lasts for about a month and starts with natural yeasts on the temperature at 30 degrees Celsius.
Grapes are mixed three times a day at which period they undergo malolactic fermentation. After pressing it is aged at least two years in big oak barrels (1000 to 2500 l).
If you'd like to know where Ottoceno got its name, you should visit Clai winery and let them tell you all about the inside family joke that dates back to the early days of production.
- Variety: Refosco, Merlot
- Viticulture: organic
- Free sulfur dioxide: 12 mg/L
- Category: dry red wine
- Yield per wine: 1 – 1,5 kg
- Total dry extract: 27,7 g/L
- Vintage: 2017
- Harvested: by hand
- Reducing sugar: 2,7 g/L
- Alcohol content: 13,5%
- Harvest time: September
- Wine-growing area: Western Istria, Croatia
- Total acidity: 6,0 g/L
- Soil composition: Dark, heavy clay
- pH: 3,55
- Wine production: Fermentation on the skins in open vats, without the addition of selected yeasts and enzymes
- Aging: in large wooden casks
- Bottle: 0,75 l
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