2018
Estate

Merlot

The Kirby Estate 2018 Merlot has body, great dark and red fruit flavours, and vanilla and gentle spice notes. Fruit was sourced exclusively from sandy loam soils at Kirby Vineyard in Niagara-On-The-Lake, and hand picked from 16-year old vines on October 17. The berries were cold soaked, pressed and transferred to steel tank for 2 weeks for primary fermentation from wild yeast. The wine was transferred to new and neutral French barrels for secondary fermentation and aged for 20 months before filtering and bottling in June of 2020 at 12.5% abv. The finished wine has black and red berry notes, vanilla and a smooth finish.

$ 60.00 CAD

“This is undoubtedly one of my Niagara favorites and exemplifies some of the most delectable facets of what a Merlot can and should be. Though richly full-bodied, dark plum cherry, and toasted vanilla bean flavours give the slightest allure of sweet perfection, while the bay leaf, mocha and truffle finish give it a mysterious , dark and contemplative aura” … Natasha Yorski – former Somm at Barbea Wine Bar, NOTL

This wine pairs beautifully with barbecued chicken thighs and tomato based pasta dishes and pizza – our favourite – Hawaiian with some black olives for a flavour twist. We like to harvest our own garden grown heir-loom tomatoes and make home-made basil based tomato sauce which we freeze in sealable sandwich bags. It is also a great pair with soft and mild cheeses on your cheese board.

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