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Our 2012 Merlot Port was made mostly from our Block 510. This block is on very sandy and clay tpes of soils, which tend to stress the grapes which ripen at a lower sugar. The grapes were picked seven days after the first light rain. The sugar at harvest was 25.5 Brix, so we needed about 10% brandy to make it into a delicious port-styled wine. After pressing the wine, it was aged in small neutral oak barrels for 16 months. The nose is of sweet ripe cherries, plums and blackberry syrup with pepper. The mouth feel sweet but with perceptible tannins. The relatively high acid keeps the sugar in balance and will ensure the longevity of this wine. Enjoy it on its own or with your favorite desserts and cheeses.