Merlot 2016

Merlot 2016

100% Merlot

14, 4 % alc., 5, 8 g/l acidity, 0, 5 g/l residual sugar

Vineyard:

Merlot planted in 1987

Harvest:

September 2016

Vinification:

30 months in 80% new, and 20% in used French barrels

Date of bottling:

29.11.2020

Number of bottles:

2.600 of 75cl and 240 Magnum of 1,5l

This Merlot is a selection of the very best barrels from the oldest Merlot vineyard. It’s an excellent vineyard planted with Merlot vines producing very small grapes and berries, which is a prerequisite for a Merlot of this density and complexity. The 2016 vintage turned out to be a warm, dry vintage, which is another reason for its abundance and richness.

The grapes were hand-picked in 20 kg boxes, overripe grapes being selected. After 2 weeks of maceration in a wooden cuvee, the wine was put, for the most part, into new French oak barrels. After 36 months’ ripening, the best casks were selected, married to this Merlot, and bottled using gentle filtration.

The wine has an intense, deep red colour. On the nose, it impresses with aromas of dark forest berries, mulberries, violets and black pepper. To the gut, it conveys incredible richness and intensity. The aromas caught in the mouth are reminiscent of wild and amarena cherries, sloes, with hints of eucalyptus and mint, imbuing the wine with its refreshing nature. Its tannin structure and pleasant fine acidity make it an elegant, as well as very sustainable, wine that lingers on the palate for some time. Best drunk from 2022.

I personally would match it with a steak, such as a hearty Rib-eye, T-Bone or Côte du Boeuf. It’s essential to decant it half a day before consumption.

Stefan Dorst, 02/02/2021

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