2020 Stouck Farmstead RED
61% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon
Blackberry, strawberry jam, plus other red and dark fruit fragrances arise with mocha, licorice, floral violet and earthier forest floor inflections. Plush and bright on the palate, it tastes of juicy blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and plum, with cassis and cinnamon embellishments holding for a resonating finish.
The two varieties were picked separately over two October days, Merlot on the 16th and Cabernet Sauvignon on the 24th at the Stouck Family Vineyard. Harvest sugars were 22.1° Brix on average.
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were vinified separately. Blended in a 1,000 Litre oak tank, the wine aged in equal portions of American and French oak barrels, of which 15% were in first use. After 16 months in oak, 500 cases were bottled in March 2022.
Enjoy now to 2031.
When the finished wine was bottled, alcohol measured 13.5%, residual sugar 0 grams per litre, titratable acidity 7.5 grams per litre and pH 3.5.
Dry: 0 g/L residual sugar
Best enjoyed near 15° C with Chilean Bistec a la Chorrillana, Bolognese and Tagliatelle or Detroit-style pepperoni pizza.
Vegan friendly. Certified Sustainable.