Red Wines

Pelago

Marche Rosso IGT
Vine variety

Montepulciano 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Merlot 10%

First year of production

1994

Area of production

Marche, Conero

Pelago joined the list of the most sought-after Italian wines in the world in 1997, with its first year of production, when it won the Best Red Wine trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London. Pelago is the result of the insight of our technical group, who had the idea of mating Montepulciano with Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a wine which retains the style and personality of the indigenous grapes while broadening its aromatic profile and complexity by adding qualities of the Bordeaux style of wine. To maintain a high standard of quality, we chose to produce it only in those years which provided grapes suitable for a fine wine. The name Pelago, deriving from pelagos, meaning ‘sea’ in ancient Greek, suggests its marine character and the special qualities of taste and aroma which are typical of wines produced near the coast. 

general characteristics

The vineyard from which Pelago originates is situated on our estate in the municipality of Osimo, at about 150 meters above sea level, on a south-east- facing hillside. The terrain, which started out as marine formations from the Pleiocene-Pleistocene era, consists of very deep soil, a very calcareous clay loam. The yield is limited by very close pruning and targeted thinning, and can vary from five to six tons per hectare according to the season.
Vineyards details
The grapes are picked by hand, and collected and transported in boxes. Harvesting starts at the beginning of September with the Merlot, continues at the end of the month with the Cabernet Sauvignon, and finishes with the Monte- pulciano, a fairly late variety, in the second ten days in October, when the grapes have reached peak condition with an advanced degree of phenolic ripening.
The grapes are destalked and lightly crushed, then fermented at 27-29°C in steel fermentation tanks, with the cap submerged, for 14-15 days on natural yeasts. Once the malolactic fermentation has taken place, the wine is trans- ferred to 225 litre oak barrels for ageing, for a period of 14 months. After bottling, Pelago is left to age further, in a temperature-controlled environment, for about 12 months.
75 cl, 1.5, 3 litre bottles

winemaker's notes

Impenetrable ruby red colour with purple tints. On the nose, intense, clean and refined aromas are released: spicy fragrances of coffee, black pepper, liquorice and tobacco open out on a background of grass and hay, typical of Cabernet. In the mouth, the impact is of fruits of the forest, vanilla and mineral aromas, and strong but developed tannins with taste sensations in harmony with the wine’s full body.

Tasting Suggestion

Serving glass

A large glass, with a fairly broad body. This allows the correct oxygenation of red wines which have had long ageing in bottle and whose tannins have taken on a softer character, developing complex tertiary aromas which will be well-concentrated in the narrower opening of the glass.

Pairings

A perfect match for red meat, game-birds and mature cheese.

Ideal serving temperature

18-20°C

Awards and recognitions

I 100 vini da riassaggiare - Annata 1997
Quattro Viti - Annata 2012
92 punti - Annata 2012
Vitae 2016
Vitae 2016
Quattro Viti - Vintage 2011
Vitigno Italia 2015
Vitigno Italia 2015
Medaglia d'Argento - Annata 2010
Vinous - Jun. 2015
Vinous - Jun. 2015
90/100 - Vintage 2010
jamessuckling.com - Oct. 2015
jamessuckling.com - Oct. 2015
91/100 - Vintage 2011
Vini d’Italia 2013
Vini d’Italia 2013
Due Bicchieri Rossi - Annata 2009
Wine Enthusiast - Lug 2013
Wine Enthusiast - Lug 2013
91/100 - Annata 2009
The Wine Advocate Usa - Feb. 2013
The Wine Advocate Usa - Feb. 2013
93/100 - Annata 2008
jamessucking.com - 2012
jamessucking.com - 2012
92/100 - Annata 2008
Vini d’Italia 2012
Vini d’Italia 2012
Due Bicchieri Rossi - Annata 2008
Selections Mondiales des Vins 2011 - CA
Selections Mondiales des Vins 2011 - CA
Médaille d'Or - Annata 2007
Vini d’Italia 2010
Vini d’Italia 2010
Tre Bicchieri - Annata 2006
London Int. Wine Challenge UK 2005
London Int. Wine Challenge UK 2005
Gold Medal - Annata 2001
London Int. Wine Challenge UK 1997
London Int. Wine Challenge UK 1997
Best Red Wine Overall - Annata 1994

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Umani Ronchi wines can be ordered directly from the Wine shop for dispatch to anywhere in the world. We accept bookings and purchases by telephone or e-mail.

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