Merlot is a an early ripening red variety, with origins from western France.
The grapes for Vlassides Merlot come from the vineyard at Karamanos area in Kilani, owned by Vlassides Winery. This is a rich, velvety red wine with a deep reddish purple colour.
The wine matures for one year in oak barrels followed by one year in bottle.
With the potential to mature for an additional six to eight years.
Best served at 16-18°C.
Sandy Clay Loam
The harvest for Merlot takes place at the end of August or at the beginning of September, depending on the vintage. The extraction of phenolic substances lasts from seven to ten days. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine matures in French oak barrels for twelve months.
- The smell of ripe black cherry and blackberry complements the spicy notes of carnation, vanilla, dark chocolate and bay leaves.
- Medium acidity balances its round tannins.
- Full-bodied with long aftertaste which leaves behind a sweet oaky sensation.
- Aging potential up to 8 years.
2018 Harvest Information:
October until July
19°C – (8/2018)
30°C – (8/2018)
The harvest of 2018 was completed in Kilani.
This was a year with major rainfall during May and June, but we managed to deal with the consequences on time so as to ensure the good quality of all our grape varieties along with their proper maturity. The mild summer season of 2018, allowed the plants to grow and berry-set under 32°C, ensuring excellent organoleptic characteristics; especially for our Sauvignon blanc and later on for our red varieties, in September.
We expect that our 2018 harvest in white wines, which we will enjoy in December of 2018, to produce an intensely aromatic and fruity character. Additionally, we expect our red wines which will be available in the fall of 2019 and 2020 to be rich in color and to have the desirable alcohol content and soft tannins.