MT was selected in Saint Emilion by the ITV Bordeaux and Martin Vialatte Oenologie in collaboration with the INRA Montpellier for its' ability to enhance varietal fruit and floral aromas, along with strawberry jam, caramel, and spice notes. Although highly recommended for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, MT also does well in most red programs where a "soft, fresh bowl of berries" element is needed/desired either by itself or as part of a blend. Wines made with MT show good colour stability along with enhanced tannic structure and rich mouthfeel, making MT an ideal compliment to winemaking styles destined for aging. Although MT's fermentation kinetics are steady and its' alcohol tolerance is fairly high, it will still benefit from a balanced nutrient strategy, especially in musts with low available nitrogen and a high potential alcohol. Best results from 59 to 90 degrees F, with an alcohol tolerance to 15%.
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