Production: 120 Cases
Availability: Winery direct and select restaurant accounts
Variety or Blend: Merlot 100%
Vineyard Designation: Ember’s Path Vineyard
Region: Vinemount Ridge
Vine Age: 18 years
Soil: Lake Ontario Shoreline
Wine Style: Dry
Oak: 100% French Oak, 0% New Oak.
Alcohol Content: 13%
TA: 6.9 g/L
RS: 4.5 g/L
Ageing: Drink now through 2029
Serving Temperature: 14-18°C
The 2017 Ember’s Path Merlot was harvested with excellent flavour and when the fruit was hanging clean on the vines. We
started by destemming all of the fruit and about 50% of the fruit is crushed, while the other 50% remains whole berry during a 5-7
day cold soak. After cold soaking, we warm up the fruit for alcoholic fermentation. Once alcoholic fermentation is complete and the
tannin structure is right, we gently press each batch of wine off of the skins and pump it to a settling tank. After settling, each batch of
wine is put into specially selected barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The wine is sulphured in barrel to preserve the character
and fruit and continues to age with careful monitoring for 16 months. Through tasting and blending trials, the Merlot is then taken
out of barrels, when ready, and blended into tank to integrate as the final wine. This Merlot is special selected barrels who quality and
balance was above and beyond all others. A light filtration is carried out before bottling.
Deep garnet with a rose-coloured hue.
The nose has enticing dark fruit characters of plum, black currants, toasted cedar, leather, fig and notes of tobacco fill the
glass. Blackberries, blueberries, cherry and vanilla continue to tantalize your nose, followed by a sage bush earthy lift.
Initially the wine presents a delicious, dark ripe fruit backbone along with depth and concentration. Matching the aromas on the
nose are notes of blackberries, plum, dates and spice. Earthy characters, hints of cedar and tobacco round out the elegant palate. This
medium-bodied merlot delivers fresh dark fruit flavours, underlying oak nuances and smooth tannin structure with a bright acidity with
balanced alcohol. Lingering flavours of plum, graphite, sage, leather, and a hint of dried tea leaves hold through to a medium long finish.