2017 Stouck Merlot

Winemaker's Notes:

Impressions of Niagara orchard fruits: dark plums, blackberries, cooked cherries and raspberry jam, embroidered by threads of mint and red licorice.  A sip is supple and juicy to the palate.  Fine, firm tannins bolster mouth-filling plum, back cherry and beetroot flavours.  Caramel and spice linger on the finish.

Picked at the Stouck Family Vineyard on November 16th as grape sugars averaged 22.3° Brix.

After primary and full malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was divided to age in five barrels (two neutral French oak, two new American oak and one neutral American oak).  After nine months, the entire lot was transferred to a three-year-old 1,000-Litre “Garbellotto” cask to age for a further five months.  119 cases were bottled in May 2019.

Dry: 0.5 g residual sugar

At the time of bottling, alcohol measured 12.3%, residual sugar 0.5 grams per litre, titratable acidity 6.3 grams per litre and pH 3.58.

Quantity bottled was 119 cases.  Enjoy now to 2027.

Food Companions:
Serve near 14° C with mushroom bourgignon, Sunday meatloaf or chicken roasted alongside sweet peppers, squash or beets.

Vegan friendly.           Certified Sustainable.

                           Ontario Certified Sustainable Winemaking