The Nest Merlot, 2019
An easy drinking and beautifully balanced Merlot, with ripe plum, blueberries and forest fruit flavours complemented by a touch of chocolate and wild herbs.
Meet the maker: Lake Chalice
Region: Marlborough – New Zealand
Grape(s): Merlot (100%)
12.5% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian
The fruit is sourced primarily from Lake Chalice’s estate-owned Falcon Block, near Renwick in the Rapaura district of the Wairau Valley.
The Falcon Block sits on part of an old river bed and as a result has stony, sandy soils.
The vines are low yielding and produce intensely flavoured fruit from a combination of different pruning methods.
The grapes were carefully sorted and vinified in stainless steel tanks.
Once fermentation was complete, the wine was pressed and racked into a combination of French oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks where it underwent malolactic fermentation.
60% of the wine was aged on the lees for a minimum of seven months in seasoned French oak.