Alto Adige Merlot Cabernet DOC SOMA
In the Middle Ages, the best-known South Tyrolean wines were named after where they originated: Eppaner, Traminer, Mataner (Montaner), Kaltaner (Kalterer), Curtätscher (Kurtatscher). Blends have always existed, and each region had its own colorful array of grape varieties. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the legendary enologist Edmund Mach (founding director of South Tyrol’s educational institute for agriculture in San Michele) was inspired to import the top French varieties. On the slopes below the village of Kurtatsch, which have southern exposure and are thus very hot, Merlot and Cabernet find ideal growing conditions and soil: clayey gravel with good drainage and a mild fall climate for the final phase of grape ripening. Soma (the ancient Greek word for “body”) is a blend of Cabernet and Merlot, following the model of French Pomerol: the baroque, richly corpulent Merlot sets the tone while the Cabernet's distinctive fruity notes add spice, elegance and depth. Soma has a lively bouquet reminiscent of cherries, plums and blackberries in addition to laurel and crushed mint leaves. The approach on the palate is firm and juicy; the dark wild berries fleshy. Nuanced tannins lend stability to its rounded, well-balanced body and provide a good constitution for extended bottle aging.
Volume: 14,5 % by vol.
Grape variety: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet
Production zone: Sunny hill site in Kurtatsch and/or first site
Soil: Clayey, gravely soils
Yield per hectare: 7500 kg
Color: Dense garnet
Vinification: Temperature-constrained fermentation in roto-fermenters and maturation in oak barrels (40% new wood) for 14 months, followed by aging in large wooden barrels
Storage potential: 6 -8 years
Total acidity: 5,2 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,9 g/l
The cuvee SOMA combines the warmest and lowest sites of Kurtatsch. The Merlot grapes are grown in red, clayey soil to the north of the village center. This deep and loamy soil stores up heat during the day and partially releases it at night. The Cabernet vineyards are located mainly on loose, gravely soils at the same altitudes as those of Merlot (220 to 280 meters). The meager subsoil, with low water-storage capacity, is ideal for the heat-loving, late-ripening Cabernet grapes.