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GAUDIO 

I.G.T. Umbria Merlot
Gaudio represents one of the best results in over a hundred years of trials and experiments aimed at finding new synergy between our territory and non traditional varieties, a process which began in 1884 with the Tokai grape. The result of experiments, errors, happy intuitions, Gaudio is a wine with body and depth, intriguing. A rich intense ruby red, it opens in the glass in a full aromatic bouquet with hints that range from cherry to blackberry, from cocoa to tobacco to leather. On the palate it is full and enveloping, with a good balance between tannins and smoothness, opening out to a fresh mintiness. 
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SOIL
Of volcanic origin, hilly, 300 metres above sea level, south-west facing
AGE OF THE VINEYARDS
From 10 to 21 years
GRAPE VARIETY
Merlot
DENSITY
3,500-4,000 plants per hectare
VINE TRAINING SYSTEM
Cordone speronato
YIELD
Potentially 6 tons per hectare, 50 after thinning out
VINIFICATION PROCESS
Harvesting takes place in the first ten days of September, fermentation in cement tanks at 28° for 7 to 9 days, followed by a brief rest period before the malolactic fermentation. It matures in casks of partly French and partly American oak for 13 to 16 months where it refines its aromatic and chromatic characteristics and then it rests a further 3 to 4 months in tanks. Almost two years after harvesting it is ready to be bottled but it does not meet the consumer till after it reaches the right smoothness with a further year of bottle aging.
ACCOMPANIMENTS
It marries deliciously with roast beef and lamb and generally withsubstantial dishes. It is excellent with mature cheeses.
ORIGINS OF THE NAME
The pleasure in a job well done that we hope to take to the best tables in the world to transmit our satisfaction, all our enjoyment, our 'Gaudio' in Latin.