Stonehaven Stepping Stone Merlot 2020
The grapes for this pleasant, easy-drinking red are sourced from three individual vineyards throughout the Limestone Coast. As is done across the board with the Stonehaven Wines, harvest takes place in the cool of the night to assist in retaining both freshness and varietal character. The grapes undergo a 48 hour cold soak, followed by fermentation over the next eight days and a gentle pressing. 20% of the wine is matured in American oak.
The colour is a gentle crimson. The nose is soft and fresh with hints of mulberries, cherries, plums and raisins, with some fruitcake to round things out. Fresh, with a lovely depth of flavour, this is an easy drinking style with some gentle tannins and decent length. There is a pleasing sour plum note right on the finish. Enjoy this over the next couple of years.