Bishop Merlot 2013

85% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 13 months in approx. 35% new French oak. Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a full and densely packed nose of ripe black berry and black plum aromas along with Asian spices, and toasty, bacon-like oak notes. Full-bodied, the flavours of sweetly ripe black berries and plums fill the mouth. The fruit is melded with layers of blue fruits, spices, and toasty oak that unfold in waves, enriching the fruit. The mouthfeel is soft and fleshy, with good tannin structure and fresh acidity in support, providing texture, vitality and line. The flavours carry through to a long and concentrated finish of spiced plums and toasty oak. This is a rich, fleshy, hearty and ripe, plummy and toasty flavoured Merlot with good structure.

Raymond Chan,