2016 SMALL LOTS MERLOT

2016 SMALL LOTS MERLOT

34.95

VQA PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

SINGLE VINEYARD

750 mL

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SMALL LOTS SERIES

Carefully selected fruit from Single Vineyard parcels, resulting in wines of exceptional character and a unique taste of place.

 

Prince Edward County Vineyard

We were able to secure a couple of tonnes of the fine Merlot planted at Huff Estates’s historic South Bay Vineyard in the early 2000’s and set about making our first County Merlot.

 

2016 Vintage

The 2016 vintage came on the heels of the great frost that wreaked disaster on PEC vineyards in 2015.

The vines entered the 2016 growing season without bearing the stress of carrying a crop the previous year and benefitting from mature budwood from the warm 2015 season. As such the vines were ready to produce. The season began a little cool but the hot dry summer was tailor made for ripening Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other later season varietals growing in the County. 

 

Winemaking

After a cuvaison of 24 days, the wine was settled for a couple days and quickly barreled down with fine lees in our underground cellar for 18 months. There was no expense spared, lavishing 60% new French oak on this wine and selecting the best half dozen barrels for this truly small lots expression.

Critical Acclaim

“It has a pretty nose of dark cherries, cocoa, blueberry pie, sweet tobacco and a range of elegant oak spice. So lovely on the palate with good tannic structure that supports a full complement of black cherries, raspberry bramble, wild blueberries, dark chocolate and spice notes all leading to a poised and finessed finish. Best Merlot tasted from The County.”  Score 93 Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com

 “A lovely expression of cool climate Merlot from Rosehall Run, one of the most respected producers in the region. Aged in French oak. Colour is deep purple. Aromas of ripe black plum, spice, leather and pomegranate. Medium tannins and body. Well balanced with a long finish.” Score 90 Natalie Maclean, nataliemaclean.ca