Merlot

Villány 2013

Deep dark color with saturated ruby color. The wines displays a deep bouquet of vanilla, eucalyptus and cocoa beans along with cloves, graphite and black tea on the palate. The mouth feel is dense and round, with elegant, silky tannins, which lead to a long finish. 2012 Merlot Kopar will age gracefully for decades and provides a classic presentation of the Villány terroir.

Varietal composition: merlot
Recommended drinking temperature: 17-18 ℃
Alcohol content: 14 %
Bottle size: 0.75 l
Details

Vineyards

Kopár vineyard

Most of the west part of Villány is completely protected from the north which is the reason the Spring blooming comes early in the year. It is common for Almond trees to start budding by late February. We recently moved the crops to a rocky, steep hillside location. Our twenty-year old Merlot plantation grows well there because the warmth of the soil supports the maturation process.

Winemaking

After rigorous hand selection, berries are gently crushed and briefly cold soaked in stainless steel tanks. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and small French oak. 30-day total maceration in the tank to preserve the varietal's character. Aged for 19 months in 80% new and  20% used French oak barrels.

The Year

Winter and spring of 2013 were wet and cold - with some heavy snow in April - delaying bud break and flowering by weeks. Blooming occurred in nearly ideal, somewhat cold weather. Early-ripening grapes such as Merlot, Portugieser and Pinot Noir did well result in huge amount, spotless quality fruit. Due to the cold front, late-ripening varietals such as Cabernet Franc and Kékfrankos ripened less evenly. Long Indian summer with mild temperatures and sunny days was an important factor in the ripening process of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. An excellent vintage overall, especially after the dreadful start.

Details

Type Wine
Acidity 5,35 g/l
Alcohol content 14 %
Varietal composition: merlot
pH 3,58
Bottle size 0.75 l
Beginning of harvest 2013-10-09
Bottling date 2015-07-08
Vinification in new and used French barrels
Ageing time 19 Month
Vineyards Kopár

Tasting

Deep dark color with saturated ruby color.
The wines displays a deep bouquet of vanilla, eucalyptus and cocoa beans along with cloves, graphite and black tea on the palate.
The mouth feel is dense and round, with elegant, silky tannins, which lead to a long finish.