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2019 Merlot Block 7

2019 Merlot Block 7

 

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Wine: 2019 Estate Reserve Merlot Block 7   
Blend: 100% Merlot from our oldest vineyard planted in 2000
Alcohol: 14%
R.S.: 0.1% or 1gram per Liter
T.A.: 6.1 g/L
P.H.: 3.67
Free Sulfur: 35 ppm or mg/L
Cooperage: 2nd and 3rd fill large format French Oak
Maturation: 14 months stored on the fine lees
Bottled: December 4th 2020

Production Notes
The fruit for this wine comes from our oldest vineyard, planted in 2000. After a wonderful growing season, we were able to harvest perfectly ripe and developed fruit September 18th, all of which was done by hand. The fruit chilled for 24 hours before being de-stemmed without crushing before being sorted to remove any additional debris or M.O.G.

Additions of Sulfur and Tartaric Acid were made, with the fruit transferred to open top tanks and chilled to delay the onset of fermentation.

Additional additions of tannins and enzymes were made before the must was slowly warmed and inoculated with Yeast Mt [which was isolated in the St Emilion Region of Bordeaux]. This yeast was chosen for its ability to produce wines with berry flavors, intense color, and structure.

Fermentation was completed in 12 days, during which the must was umped over gently three times daily. The wine was drained off the skins and kept separate from the press wine [which was used in the regular and reserve bottlings]. The wine was racked off the gross lees and transferred to twice and three times used 500L French oak barrels and underwent secondary fermentation naturally. The Wine was sulfured after completion and allowed to mature un-disturbed for an additional 12 months. Prior to bottling, the barrels were blended before being lightly filtered to remove any unwanted sediment or haze.

The wine was bottled December 4th 2020, 125 cases produced.

Wine Description
The wine is youthful in appearance with a distinct garnet color and is free of any sedimentation. The nose is a bit tight with initial secondary oak derived aromas being dominant. You are greeted by black tea, charred oak, some spice but after some warmth and aeration, the aromas become black fruited with plum, cassis and some gravel or earthy undertones.

It is on the palate where Merlot really shines, with velvety soft tannins, juicy acidity and a plump texture. The flavors are nicely balanced between the spice and char of the barrel and the pomegranate and cherry flavors of the grape. There is a lovely juiciness to this wine that balances out the tannin structure, but this will require a few years in the bottle to develop further.

Ageing potential of up to 10 years or so, drinking best from the year 5 onwards.

 

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Monticello
Alcohol %
14