2016 Stone Circle Merlot
Ah Merlot, what is it supposed to be like? What is the benchmark? Its almost an age old conundrum for winemakers. Merlot in style can be like the proverbial how long is a piece of string? Our Merlot should be expressive yet yield. It should be strong yet elegant and structured without pretence. Merlot is almost enigmatic. She has a reputation that she is soft but she can be a masculine brute if handled incorrectly. Above all she should dispatch flavoursome missives befitting her authority.
This Merlot is defined by structure and flavour. The colour is ruby with aromas of cherry compote punctuated with a varietal tomato bush herbaceousness . The palate is ripe and rich again showing stewed red fruits finishing with a delicate rhubarb freshness.
The rich fruity flavour is best enjoyed with red meats and game. This wine is created to enjoy now but will last a decade or more with careful cellaring.