2020 South Bay Four Acre Merlot – SOLD OUT


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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, and berry). In its youthful state, structure rides over fruit presence. Upon aeration, ripening red and black fruit find their way in the glass and unfold on the palate abetted with surprisingly moderate tannic structure. Carafe 2 hours before service.

Notre merlot développe des arômes de fruits noirs (cerise, prune) mais aussi floraux tels que la sauge et la feuille de laurier. Des vrais senteurs de garrigue! Un vin jeune mais dont les tannins sont déja bien intérgrés aux saveurs fruités. Ne pas hésiter à le décanter avant de le déguster.

Wine Specs

Varietal – 100% merlot
Sugar – 3.6 g/L
Alc – 13%
Brix – 21.8
Aging – 20 months in French oak (40% 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.


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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