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Intense smoky oak toast with a backbone juicy fruit. Toast spice, and wild raspberry along with hint of cassis. Cedar and cigar round out the lifted and complex nose. Black pepper, cigar box, strawberry and soft tannic structure round out the smooth and voluptuous palate. Serve this wine with any slow cooked or smoked meats such as ribs and brisket.
The select grapes Merlot 2013 were hand harvested in mid-October allowing the grapes to fully ripen and maximizing the hang time in the cool autumn nights. After hand sorting, only the ripest and best fruit is de-stemmed and lightly crushed assuring full ripeness rather than green herbaceous tones. The grapes then were cooled to almost freezing temperature and allowed to cold-soak to further the extraction of flavours and tannins before undergoing a traditional red wine fermentation using both manual punch downs and machine pump overs twice to four times daily.
After fermentation, wine underwent a gentle pressing to remove skins and was racked into French (50%) and American (50%) oak barrels. While in barrel, the Merlot underwent full malolactic fermentation to soften and add complexity. Barrel aging was extended to 10 months before filtering and bottling.
Awards & Ratings
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2016, Honours Medal