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Merlot

All grapes are handpicked during the early morning hours and then cooled overnight in a temperature - controlled room at 5 °C. All the grapes are then crushed, destemmed and directly transferred to a stainless steel fermenter, taking extra care to remove all the green stems, in order to reduce the green flavour as far as possible. This is followed by a three day cold soak at 9 °C, covered with a CO2 blanket. Fermentation takes place in closed - top stainless steel fermenters. Half (50%) of the wine ferments spontaneously and the rest is inoculated with D254 and D21 yeast. Extraction is obtained by regular pump overs. After fermentation is completed, the wine is left on the skins for another seven days and then pressed to 20% new Allier French oak barrels. The pressed section is kept separate. Malolactic bacteria are inoculated and malolactic fermentation is completed in the barrel. The wine is then racked from the lees and given a low dose of sulphur. The wine spends a total of 13 months in the barrel before it is blended and bottled.

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