Merlot Reserve 2007 - Founders Club
**GOLD MEDAL - All Canadian Wine Awards 2010
"The 2007 growing season proved to be an exceptional growing season that made flavours in this Merlot flourish. Experience a wine unlike any other. Savour this wine on its own and only in the best of company" - Winemaker, John Tummon.
All fruit for the 2007 Reserve Merlot was hand-harvested after which the clusters were sorted by hand. Then all remaining fruit ran through the de-stemmer removing stems prior to the individual berries being sorted, by hand. This labour intense beginning ensured that only the most ideal grapes made it to fermentation. These premium berries were then delivered to an open-top fermenter where they were permitted a period of rest on skins. Warm fermentation temperatures were encouraged along with gentle cap punchdowns twice daily to achieve the desired colour and structure. Extended maceration time on skins prior to final pressing added texture and complexity. The wine was then transferred directly to a mixture of French and American Oak barrels for 22 months of ageing. Finally the wine was racked cold stabilised and after a course filtration finally bottled.
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