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2016 Merlot


St. David’s Bench Vineyard | VQA — St David’s Bench

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Winemaker's Notes

We only make this Merlot in the best years and in very limited quantities. In the cellar, it undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation and is aged for one year in French oak barrels. We stir the barrels regularly to make sure every drop of wine has come in contact with the oak. It has a purplish ruby colour and a bouquet of black cherry and dark chocolate. It is a rich, full-bodied wine with cherry and cassis flavours and a silky finish. We built this wine to last and it will continue to develop for 5-10 years after bottling.

Vineyard Manager's Notes

We are fortunate to be able to work with the St. David’s Bench Vineyard. It is an incredible sight. Because it is so far from the lake and nestled against the Escarpment, we are able to achieve full maturity and ripeness in our reds. We do a lot of hand-work in the rows to help the vine concentrate flavours. For example, we select the best bunches on each vine and remove the rest, we expose the bunches on the East side of the rows in late August then the Westside in September, and we will remove individual berries from the hanging bunches if they are not up to par. But the best wines are made in the vineyard so we want to give the winemaking team the best grapes we possibly can.

Bosc Family Food Pairings

This is a full-throttle Merlot. It begs for a dish that is equal in weight and substance. Try our Merlot with a double-cut Ontario pork chop with blueberry compote on the side.

Technical Notes

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
October 19 13.5% 25˚ 3.8 5 480 0 g/L

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