Deep, dark granite colouring. Displaying beautiful ripe cherry and blackberry fruit. A layered flavour spectrum with depth that greets you outrightly on the nose. The palate entrance is full, offering ripe and concentrated flavours. A beautiful balance of toasted oak and ripe cherry fruit with a sweet mid-palate impression and just enough freshness to keep the palate interesting. The intensity on the palate combined with the complexity of the wine is a true compliment to Merlot as a variety.
All fruit is handpicked at the point of optimal ripeness. The grapes are bunch-sorted and fermented with a pure yeast culture for the ultimate purity in fruit expression. The batches are fermented separately with constant oxygen integration to stabilize colour and define tannin structure. After a 12-month maturation period, each barrel is tasted and a final blend is then compiled. The final Merlot blend is barrelled for an additional 3 months, to ensure a happy marriage of the batches. This Merlot is matured in French oak barrels to compliment the quintessential fruit expression of this wine.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION
The Merlot will ideally complement a dish such as roasted pork belly, served on a bed of polenta.
The ripe tannin structure and depth of fruit together with the limey fresh acidity allows this Merlot a potential to age for 4-6 years.