A fresh but ripe, exquisitely balanced Merlot. It is a perfect example of how when expertly coddled, this variety from the 2013 vintage offers so much in the glass. Greeted with a pretty ruby colour and an elegant pungency, which quickly gives way to soft black cherry and cranberry notes sprinkled with lavender and plum accents.
In the background are impressions of wood, smoke and toast. These aromas are echoed with a mouth-filling, balanced satisfaction on the palate, reminiscent of a walk in the forest during autumn. Ripe berry notes and chocolate extend the pleasure. A luxurious mouth-feel with fine tannins, leading to a long, pleasurable finish, carried by perfect acidity and a sense of graphite minerality.
A most elegant, stylish Niagara Merlot. Very approachable now; would benefit from decanting before serving and will increase in finesse and complexity for a few years.