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Master Vintner Limited Edition 2016: Cherie Merlot

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Master Vintner Limited Edition 2016: Cherie Merlot

SKU: 43157

Cherie Merlot:
Warm, friendly, lush, a red wine of pleasure and open character

Limited Edition kits come from the peak of the vintage: Master Vintner searches the world for the very best grapes and juices, from prestigious vineyards in the best growing regions. Competition for these grapes is fierce, and supply is limited: we can make only a small number of these truly exceptional kits, once a year


The Region: Bordeaux

master vintner bordeaux wineIf vintners and merchants worked together to custom design the ideal wine region, they would produce Bordeaux. Nestled in a natural crossroads between land, river and sea in the Southwest of France, the mild climate and well-drained soil provide the perfect environment for growing the three big grapes of Bordeaux -- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.

It’s actually Bordeaux’s unique location that influenced how these grapes came to be made into wine. As a major shipping port since ancient times, Bordeaux was host to the world’s very first trade expositions. And that bred a culture of clever merchants who realized that if the grapes were vinified separately and then ‘assembled’ within a few months of fermentation, they could guarantee a steady supply of wines with consistent character…even in years with challenging weather. Voilà…The complex, engaging character of Bordeaux wines was born!

The Wine: Cherie Merlot

Dry, medium bodied, lush and friendly, this is definitely a cool climate Merlot, with grippier tannins and a more complex earthiness than US or Australian versions. A palate of black cherry, plum and red berries leads to aromas of cocoa and hints of cinnamon-mocha spice. Tempting when young, the cherry-berry notes will show better after six months, and it will age very well for a wine this approachable.

Excellent with dishes featuring rich tomato sauces, Cherie Merlot also goes well with many foods, such as crispy-skin roasted duck, and shows a generous nature with rich stews like Beef Bourguignon.

Details & Instructions

Additional Information

Wine Recipe Type Merlot
Type Red
Origin France
Body Medium-Full
Sweetness Dry

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how many bottles does kit make?
A shopper on Feb 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The kit makes 30 bottles (750ml) if you top up your carboy to the proper level. At time I don't top up my carboys so I would get about 29 bottles.
What is the ABV of this wine?
Donald T on May 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'd expect this would finish around 14% ABV. The actual ABV can be precisely figured by recording the starting gravity and the final gravity, subtracting the final from the original, and multiplying by 131.

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