2018 Stouck Merlot

93 Points, Vic Harradine, WineCurrent.com
91 points, Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is treated to a carousel of plum jam, blackberry compote, raspberry, red currant, mocha and earthier black tea, dried olive and cedar.  Fine-grained tannins make the wine round and supple.  Powerful flavours enfold blackberry, cranberry and a variety of red and dark fruits, plus cinnamon and clove, evolving to sherry and floral tones on the finish.

Picked at the Stouck Family Vineyard on October 24th as grape sugars averaged 24.2° Brix.

After primary and full malolactic fermentation, the wine was divided to age in a large neutral oak cask and an assortment of barrels:  65 % American oak and 35 % French oak, of which 30 % were new.  After 17 months, the lot was blended and 103 cases were bottled in April 2020.

Dry: 0.5 g residual sugar

At the time of bottling, alcohol measured 13%, residual sugar 2 grams per litre, titratable acidity 6.5 grams per litre and pH 3.7.

Quantity bottled was 103 cases.  Enjoy now to 2028.

Food Companions:
Serve near 14° C with mushroom Bhaji, beef with pumpkin lasagna or braised meats and lentil stew.

Vegan friendly.           Certified Sustainable.

                           Ontario Certified Sustainable Winemaking

93 Points,   Vic Harradine, WineCurrent.com
Fruit-forward aromas leap from the glass after the slightest swirl—ripe black cherry, black plum and bramble berry intertwine with aromas of savoury herbs, black licorice and baking spice. A surge of dark, ripe fruit—mulberry and black cherry—polished, fine-grain tannin and crunchy red pie cherry laced with tang envelop the palate with purity of fruit before persisting through the lengthy, mouth-watering delightful finish and aftertaste. This is medium-plus bodied, deftly balanced and absolutely delicious. Pour alongside filet mignon or Beef Wellington .

91 points, Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com
This Merlot, sourced from assistant winemaker Dan Stouck’s family vineyard in the Lincoln-Lakeshore sub-appellation, was aged in 65% American oak and 35% French oak, 30% of which was new oak, for 17 months. The Stouck Merlots are always structured and complex and are better served with a little time in the cellar, decanted or served with some red meat. It has a juicy nose of black cherries, plums, wild raspberries, cassis and currant with leather and spicy/savoury notes. It has supple tannins on the palate and solid bones to go with red and dark berries, savoury notes, elegant spice notes and length through a lifted finish. Can cellar 5+ years.