Attractively soft, creamy, chocolately nose and a palate bathed in dusky spice. Lush, ripe and deep in hue this is plump and sensuous Merlot with flavours of hedgerow fruits and a fine, gently leafy finish.
In the winery
As we look for bright, juicy varietal fruit, the wine is VERY gently (10%) wooded. Bunches are destemmed and placed in open top fermenters. Turbo pigeage is done 4 times daily up to half of the sugar is fermented. Then only twice daily to end of fermentation. Pigeage is a soft delicate way of wetting the cap and aerating the wine. Soft and fruity tannins is the wine goal. Malo-lactic fermentation follows. The wine is kept on the fine lees up to bottling.
Grilled lamb, pasta with a tomato-based sauce, chorizo and butterbean stew, spicy sausages.