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 Prince Edward County’s South Bay in the early 2000’s and set about making our first County Merlot.

 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.

Tasting Notes

Gentle red berry and vanilla on the nose; on the palate raspberry, cherry and red currant with hints of earthy sweet tobacco on the finish with great structure throughout the whole tasting experience.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Great wine to pair with roasted birds or pork/veal chops with herbs sauce. Or try with Italian meatballs or sausages. Extremely good with beef wellington or leaner cut steaks.

 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