A delicious medium bodied red wine, with notes of oak, vanilla, cherry and plum both on the nose and the palate.
The 2020 harvest was, in effect, early. Harvest dates for each variety were largely notably earlier than what is considered the norm. Autumn was brilliant with warm, sunny days and nominal rainfall, ideal conditions for harvest. While yields were slightly short on all varieties, the overall quality was excellent. The perfect weather conditions allowed the grapes to develop phenolic ripeness without breakdown. Not unexpectedly, these conditions contributed significantly to an exceptional vintage that yielded wines with high sugars and low acids.
This Merlot was picked at perfect maturity; the fruit was carefully crushed and sent to tank to cold soak for 72 hours. The tanks were warmed to begin the 10 day fermentation with carefully selected yeast, then rotated to macerate skins with juice three times daily, extracting colour and flavour before gently pressing and completing malolactic fermentation.
This wine is packed with aromas of juicy ripe red fruit, including raspberry and rhubarb, with hints of vanilla curd, savoury olives, baking spice and rich mocha. The palate exhibits elegant drive, smooth, dried red fruit, stewed cranberries and rich cacao, accompanied by lean tannins and pleasant length.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this lovely wine with foods like chorizo sausage and spinach rotini pasta, wild mushroom bruschetta, calzone and grilled cheddar cheese burgers.