"Via Diagonalis" Selected Red - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mavrud, Rubin

Vintage: 2009
Type: Dry red wine.
Variety: 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Mavrud, 5% Rubin.

Mavrud is an indigenous (autochthonous) local Bulgarian variety.
Rubin is a relatively new Bulgarian variety, a special cross between Nebbiolo and Syrah, officially registered as a separate grape variety in 1944.

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Vintage: 2009
Type: Dry red wine.
Variety: 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Mavrud, 5% Rubin.

Mavrud is an indigenous (autochthonous) local Bulgarian variety.
Rubin is a relatively new Bulgarian variety, a special cross between Nebbiolo and Syrah, officially registered as a separate grape variety in 1944.


Date of harvest:
Merlot - 05.10.2009.
Cabernet Sauvignon - 18.10.2009.
Mavrud - 29.09.2009.
Rubin - 27.10.2009.

Grapes maturity: 24.5 BRIX    
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Ageing: 100% of the blend ages in new French oak barrels for 16 months.
Bottle: BRD Telish (a specially branded bottle), 0.750 L

Producer: Telish, Castra Rubra winery
Region: Southern Sakar, Bulgaria, Protected Geographical Indication.
The grapes come from Castra Rubra winery's own vineyards, neighbouring the village of Kolarovo.

Castra Rubra is a Latin name which literally means red fortress. This fortress has been recently discovered by Bulgarian archeologists. Indeed, 15 centuries ago at this place there was a mythical Byzantine fortress with strategic location. For the first time the archeological excavations have proved that the place was inhabited by several different ethnic groups. The fortress was situated on the ancient important trade route "Via Diagonalis" connecting Europe and the Orient. Even nowadays one can see the traces of the big diagonal road built by the Byzantine people to connect Rome and Constantinople. The excavations proved that Castra Rubra was not only a fortress but there was also a settlement and probably a big facility hosting travelers and caravans.

Construction of Castra Rubra Winery started in 2006. The winery is a real architectural jewel supplied with the latest technologies and equipment meeting all standards for quality and minimal external influence upon grapes and wine. The place has been chosen not only because of the excellent conditions for growing vineyards - suitable sun exposure, soils with good drainage and extremely rich and various composition, but also because the place is full of history.

Vinification:
Cold maceration at 10ºC for 8 days. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation in inox container at a controlled temperature of 27ºC. Post fermentation infusion. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Aging and storagein barrels for 16 months.
Tasting notes:
Dark ruby color with purple sparklings. The nose is complex with spicy character and elegant notes of leather, dry red pepper, ripe black fruits and intrigue nuances of ink and earth. Soft, velvet body with good fruity freshness and an atractive, spicy finish.
Awards:
San Francisco Internationa Wine Competition 2012 - bronze medal
Cina Wine and Spirits Awards 2013 - gold medal

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"Via Diagonalis" Selected Red - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mavrud, Rubin

"Via Diagonalis" Selected Red - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mavrud, Rubin

Vintage: 2009
Type: Dry red wine.
Variety: 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Mavrud, 5% Rubin.

Mavrud is an indigenous (autochthonous) local Bulgarian variety.
Rubin is a relatively new Bulgarian variety, a special cross between Nebbiolo and Syrah, officially registered as a separate grape variety in 1944.