2020 Bella Terra Merlot
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SILVER, Ontario Wine Awards (2023).
SILVER, Wine Align Wine Awards (2023).
Tasting Notes: A first for our winery, this inaugural vintage of 100% estate grown Merlot presents a deep garnet colour, indicating its richness and vibrancy. The nose reveals prominent notes of ripe plums, offering a delightful tanginess. Aged for 20 months in mostly neutral French oak barrels to preserve its reflection of our terroir in each sip. Bigger than most Merlots, fruit driven aromas are accompanied by the intriguing essence of bay leaf, adding a touch of herbal freshness and complexity. This wine was bottled unfiltered to add an extra layer of richness and more aging potential.
As the wine caresses the palate, it reveals a harmonious fusion of flavours that unfold with elegance and balance. The forefront showcases the juicy essence of black cherry, offering a burst of ripe and succulent fruit flavours. These flavours are complemented by the luscious notes of blackberries, adding depth and complexity to the wine's profile. The presence of cacao further enhances the tasting experience, contributing a velvety richness and a touch of bittersweetness.
This Merlot boasts polished tannins that lend a smooth and refined texture to the wine. These tannins provide structure without overwhelming the palate, enhancing the overall drinking experience. The wine also exhibits a well-balanced acidity, which adds liveliness, harmonizing with the flavours and contributing to the wine's overall balance.
Aging Potential: Enjoy now to 2028 and beyond.
Food Pairing: A wonderful food pairing option would be roasted duck breast with a plum reduction.
Appellation: Four Mile Creek
Residual Sugar: 3g/l