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||Fermentation initiated in 500l open top barrels after a 48 hour cold maceration period. 20% of the total crush fermented naturally and the balance inoculated with commercial yeast. Regular manual punch downs done 4-5 times a day for colour and flavour extraction from the skins. Grapes handpicked very ripe from a unique vineyard on Anura, "Block 10", which consistently produces our finest, award winning merlot.
||Wine aged in French oak for 18 months in 1st, 2nd & 3rd fill barrels. (60% new oak)
||Anura Merlot has copious amounts of ripe blackberry, red berry and blackcurrant flavours. Hints of herbal and violet aromas are folded into layers of dark chocolate, including some meaty/spicy aroma on the nose. This full-bodied, well-balanced wine and has a long lingering flavour of berries and mint leaves.
Food pairing suggestions include grilled red meats, tomato based pasta sauces, BBQ and strong mature cheeses.