2019 South Bay Four Acre Merlot – SOLD OUT

90 Points

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90 points – Michael Godel

90 points – Sara D’Amato

(Full Reviews below)


TASTING NOTES

RICH & COMPELLING

Magenta with a garnet tint, the nose is greeted with a savoury herbal blend of thyme, sage and bay leaf: a bouquet garni for the senses with a background of black fruit ( cherry, plum, berry ). Ripening red berry fruit finds its way in the glass upon several minutes of aeration. Blackberry, blackcurrant glass-coating flavours are presently tucked away behind the youthful tannic structure. Given time, the fruit will no longer be scratching at the door. Rather they will bully their way in to provide roundness and richness. Carafe 2 hours before service.

D’un rouge grenat intense, notre merlot dévoile un nez complexe de bouquet garni (thym, laurier, sauge), de fruits noirs tels que la cerise et la prune et de petits fruits rouges aprés aération . En bouche des saveurs de mûrs et de cassis soutenues par une structure tanique déja bien intégrée. A decanté si consommé jeune ou a garder 3 à 5 ans en cave.


Wine Specs

Varietal – 100% merlot
Sugar – 2.6 g/L
Alc – 13%
Brix – 21.8
Aging – 15 months in French oak (30% new)
Production – 220 cases


Food Pairings

  • Parmesan-crusted lamb cutlets with beet/spiced carrot salad
  • Italian sausage burgers with peppers
  • Steak tacos with cilantro & radish salsa
  • Beef filet with porcini roasted shallot sauce
  • Cheese – brie, camembert, gouda, cheddar, gorgonzola

Recommended Enjoyment

Marinating a steak, slow cooking a roast, or smoking some ribs for a family gathering? Pop the cork, channel your inner “Tim The Tool Man” grunt, and pour with confidence.

REVIEWS

Michael Godel

Jun 20, 2021

90 Points

The ability of chardonnay to seek out, get educated on and assimilate the rhythms of South Bay is almost always impressive. but news flash; merlot can do it to. Few vineyards in Ontario allow the much maligned, respect need be given grape variety. By my count this is approximately 1.6 hectares of uniqueness, ripened quite admirably (maybe not quite Niagara River ripe) but achievable nonetheless. Huff gives good to best vintage fruit its due with 15 months credit in French wood (30 per cent new). While it may not be lush and crushed velvet ripe this Four Acre ’19 speaks in phenolic ripeness vernacular so very few of County origin can claim to have mastered. As such the perfume and swarthy energy combine for a bright, wide-eyed, slightly foxy, bushy-tailed merlot. While wholly parochial it stands on structured legs so expect the pace to be calculated, measured and long. Drink 2022-2027. Tasted June 2021.

Sara D'Amato

Jun 20, 2021

90 Points

Salty and lively, this appealing, mid-weight merlot features lightly grippy tannins and is brimming with plum and cherries. The palate offers delicate wood spice that is finely woven into the fruit, excellent balance and pitch-perfect ripeness. Well done. Best now to 2025. Tasted June 2021.

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