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Merlot ‘Foundstone’, South Eastern Australia, Berton Vineyard, 2020

£55.80/ 6 x Bottles (£9.30 each)

A softly textured, fresh and easy drinking wine with notes of plums and chocolate enhanced by a hint of vanilla. The parcels of fruit were fermented in stainless steel static fermenters at temperatures of 27 to 29°C with premium French toasted and untoasted oak. Fermentation lasted four to six days before being pressed at 1° Baume and was left to ferment through to dryness. The wine went through malolactic conversion resulting in a softer expression and was then clarified. Maturation lasted for four months with American oak influence.