This lightly oaked Merlot from Clearwater Cove has notes of dark juicy plum and blackberry with a hint of spice and a smooth finish.
The low yielding Merlot was harvested and de-stemmed directly into a mixture of open and closed fermenters. A traditional warm fermentation followed with regular pump overs to help craft a wine with elegance and balance. The fruit remained on skins after fermentation to build structure and mouthfeel, it was then gently pressed, settled and racked to stainless steel tanks to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine spent the winter months aging with French oak before the blend was assembled, filtered and bottled.
The 2017 Clearwater Cove Merlot has notes of plum, dark berries and underlying cassis. The palate is soft with finely balanced supple tannis and a rich lingering finish. Enjoy with barbequed red meats, hearty stews or dark chocolate.