Dark ruby in color, the 2014 Bosché Merlot expresses ripe black cherry, dark currant, and blackberry fruit components. With great depth of aroma and flavor, there are nuances of sweet oak spice, arugula, anise seed, sweet vanilla and dark chocolate. The oak spice is very well integrated—not dominant, but it provides a substantial backbone to the complexity of the wine balancing the abundance of fruit depth. The flavor is big, voluptuous, soft and velvety, with rich, great depth of black cherry fruit. The tannins are well-integrated, providing a very long fruitful finish.
Aging: 59 gallon barrel aging for 16 months.
Barrels: French oak with 32% new oak.
Cooperage: World Cooperage, Nadalie, Sylvain, Demptos and Marchive
Fermentation: After a 5 day cold soak, the wine was fermented in stainless steel fermentors at 75°-86° for 10-28 days skin contact
Grape: 100% Merlot