Merlot has its roots in the Bordeaux region of France and is the most widely planted of the five grape varieties authorized for this appellation. Today, you will find in in wine it in wine regions around the world and it is one of the most popular red wine varieties. Strewn's Cottage Block Merlot will appeal to those who enjoy a soft, smooth texture and ripe dark fruit flavours. Enjoy on its own or with food.
Lovely aromas of red cherry and blackberries combined with those of sweet vanilla, perfume and baking-spice. The wonderfully smooth palate highlights red and dark fruits interplay with subtle nuances of coffee and mocha. These flavours are carried onto a lingering, refreshing finish. Drinking very well now.
Best serving temperatures 13 - 16C.
Four separate vineyard blocks were harvested the third week of October, 2018 with Brix between 22.8 to 25.3. The grapes were crushed and fermented as separate lots in a traditional manner - open-top bins with daily punch down of the cap. After extended maceration, the grapes were pressed and the wine was allowed to settle before transfer to a mix of mostly seasoned oak barrels with a scattering of new oak. The wine aged in barrel for nearly a year then a selection was made for assemblage and clarification prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy on its own or with lighter meat dishes or vegetarian fare.