Ottocento red

Clai

Ottocento red

From HRK 188,13

A cuvée made from Merlot and Refošk blended perfectly into a premium dry red wine.

Ottocento red
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HRK 188,13

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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
Clai estate lies in Istria, in Krasica, a small village south of the town of Buje in the northern part of the Istrian peninsula, close to the Slovenian and Italian border. The property encompasses 10 hectares of vineyards and 5 hectares of olive trees. Around 200m above sea level, the vineyards enjoy plenty of sunshine as well as cool and salty sea breezes coming from the Adriatic some 10 km to the west. The soil here is limestone flysch – its low fertility and good drainage provide the perfect amount of stress for our old vines. Clai Winery's main principle is that the best wines are made in the vineyard, not in the cellar, so their work is focused on enhancing the terroir. All of the production of Clai WInery has been certified organic from the very beginning. There are no systemic treatments such as herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides. The fertilization is minimal and occasional, using only organic and natural manure. After coming to the cellar, the grapes are vinified in a natural way, with spontaneous fermentation on the skins and without the addition of enzymes, selected yeasts, or malolactic bacteria. The wines are mellowed in wooden barrels of various sizes, with a long stay on the lees. After nearly two years the wines are bottled without micro or sterile filtering.

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