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Chateau Mercian Merlot Japan Shinshu Kikyogahara

Wine Details

Vineyard

Mercian

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Region

Japan

Wine Description

【Appellation】 Kikyogahara, Shiojiri-City, Nagano-Prefecture 【Variety】 Merlot 100% 【Trellis System】 overhead trellis. 【Average Age of Vine】 18 years 【Vine Density】 500 vines/ha 【Average Yield】 12t/ha   【Harvest】 early October 【Fermentation】 16 days, 28-30℃ 【Aging】 16 months in new barrel 【Alcohol Content】 12.4%  【Total Acidity】 5.6g/L as tartaric acid   【Residual Sugar】 less than 2.0g/L 【Production】 8,000 bottles 【Vintage read more...【Appellation】 Kikyogahara, Shiojiri-City, Nagano-Prefecture 【Variety】 Merlot 100% 【Trellis System】 overhead trellis. 【Average Age of Vine】 18 years 【Vine Density】 500 vines/ha 【Average Yield】 12t/ha   【Harvest】 early October 【Fermentation】 16 days, 28-30℃ 【Aging】 16 months in new barrel 【Alcohol Content】 12.4%  【Total Acidity】 5.6g/L as tartaric acid   【Residual Sugar】 less than 2.0g/L 【Production】 8,000 bottles 【Vintage】 From early spring to May , the weather kept fine, then the grapes grew at apace 5 to 7 day earlier than average. Even after the rainy season set in, it continued fine days then grape growth proceed steadily. From late June, the growth was delayed by rainy weather due to the impact of a series of typhoons. Fortunately, however, there was no damage of diseases. The rainy season ended without the occurrence of any anxious troubles. After that, suitable conditions for grape growing continued and a little rainfall of 70 to 80 % of the average. Thus, high quality grapes were harvested under good conditions. 【Tasting Comments】 A dark garnet color tingled with black. Well condensed quality potential of Merlot Grape in its aroma and flavor. It needs a several years to meet the top of its maturation.(August 2001) (hide)