2014 ASPECT MERLOT

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Vineyard

Made from our estates highest and steepest vineyards. The south westerly ASPECT ensures the vineyards are exposed to the prevailing summer breezes off the sea which cool the vineyards down in the afternoons and evenings. This in turn gives the grapes more time to ripen. The soils are decomposed granite on heavy clay.

The vineyards yield between 5 and 6 tons per hectare and are 18 years old.

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Cellar

The grapes are hand harvested and sorted twice in the cellar, as bunches and as berries.

Fermentation then occurs spontaneously in 7000 liter French oak foedres, followed by a post fermentation maceration on the skins of between 30 and 50 days.

Maturation then takes place in 225 liter French oak barriques for 24 months. 30% new oak is used with the remainder made up of second and third fill barriques.

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Tasting Notes & Analysis

The nose is lively with aromas of plums, figs and cassis seasoned by undertones of peppermint and cedar.

The palate is refined and juicy on entry and followed by a broad, grainy tannin and fresh acidity giving length and body.

With maturation the tannins will round and the wine will move from the broad and generous to more linear and elegant. Will mature for 10 years plus if you can cellar it alternatively drink it now with cheeses or full flavoured dishes.

14.0% Alc.; 2.60 g/l R.S.; 5.8 g/L TA; 0.70 g/L VA; 25 mg/L FSO