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Fortified Red Wine

Deep dark red color, with rich aromas of dried fruits, plums and chocolate. On the palate the wine is rich, full-bodied and soft, balanced and with a long and enjoyable finish.

Wine Details

100% Merlot, 2014, Old vines in the Ephraim Hills, Hand harvested at night, On release to the market, but matures very well over the following years., At 18°C with chocolate cake or a Cuban cigar

Wine production process

The merlot grapes arrived to the winery in the early morning hours after the nighttime hand harvest. After gentle destemming and crushing the grapes were transferred to a cooled stainless-steel tank to begin the alcohol fermentation process at a temperature of 28℃. During the fermentation varying pump-over regimes were performed to ensure optimal extraction of flavors, aromas and color from the grapes.
Upon fermenting to the desired final sugar concentration, the grapes were gently and slowly pressed and grape brandy was added to the wine until a final alcohol of 15.5% was achieved. This traditional method of production enables the preservation of the natural sweetness from the grapes while halting any further fermentation. At this point the wine was transferred to used French and American oak barrels to age under the ambient atmosphere of the winery for a period of 15 months

Harvest Details

  • Brix: 30.6
  • Acidity (g/L): 4.9
  • pH: 3.75

Analysis Details

  • Sugar (g/L): 145
  • Alcohol (%): 15.5
  • pH: 3.45
  • Acidity (g/L): 5.5