Domaine des Pourthié, Pays d’Oc, Merlot 2019
A juicy and fleshy Merlot from the South of France showing black plum and green bellpepper notes, loads of flavour.
Domaine des Pourthié is an estate of 60 hectares, situated near Agde, a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea. It is now in the hands of the fourth generation of the Pourthié family. The vineyards are located on a ridge formed during the Ice Age, where the soils are gravelly clay and limestone. The Mediterranean warmth and sea breezes combined with the terroir, help to ripen the grapes harmoniously and maximise their aromas. The winery has recently been updated with modern equipment, leading to more sophisticated methods of vinification. These are classically styled Languedoc wines.
The soil is volcanic, made of black ash, basaltic rocks and marine deposits. The soils are free draining, encouraging the vine to send its roots deeper into the soil where they absorb more complex nutrients, which imparts complexity into the resulting wine.
The grapes were vinified in the traditional manner with a 15 day maceration period to extract the desired level of colour, flavour and tannins. This wine was made in an unoaked style in order to retain the pure fruit character.
Deeply coloured and vibrant, this is full of sweet berry fruits, with hints of capsicum and coffee on the nose and palate. A structured wine with smooth tannins and a pleasantly long finish.