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2014 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Merry Edwards Wines

2014 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker's Comments

The 2014 vintage allowed us the rare opportunity to make this luscious wine from our Sauvignon Musqué block of grapes at Meredith Estate. We reduced the normal crop by one-half, ensuring the remaining clusters would ripen quickly. Once the grapes reached 27° Brix, the canes were cut so that the drying process could begin.
 
By the end of October, the grapes had reached 36° Brix and were carefully harvested. The clusters were destemmed and stored in our cold room overnight to soak up the now-raisined berries. The following morning, the thick, honeyed juice was pressed off into barrels for fermentation. The wine was aged for 18 months in 60% new French oak prior to bottling.
 
The brilliant gold color of this wine is as rich and inviting as its heady aroma. Deeply mouthwatering, it’s reminiscent of baked Pink Lady apples en croute with caramel and nectarine preserves. A tropical perfume of ripe fig, mango, guava and plantains deepens and lifts its lavish character.
 
The entry is lush and creamy, expanding into a clean, vibrant and balanced mouthfeel. The final impression is a lingering finish that is concentrated and weighty − laced with sweet dried fruit, cinnamon and citrus zest.

Critical Acclaim

96 points

"This  dessert wine was made from a block of the Musqué clone at the  producer’s Meredith Estate, picked when they were raisined then fermented and aged in 60% new French oak. A briny green-olive tone dots the nose before the sweetness of caramel,  honeycomb, gingersnap and vanilla weighs in on the palate. This is concentrated, lush and creamy, with a bright citrus flourish on the finish." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2018

93 points

"There’s a fun “liar” quality to this tasty dessert, in the opposite way that Argentina’s Torrontes is typically caught in a lie. There, the nose leads you to think sweet, but the palate surprises with crisp and dry. Here, Merry Edwards gives you the full morning hayfield on the nose, and surprises with honeyed melon and citrus with a sweetgrass complement on the palate. A true after dinner conversation piece." Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018

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