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Our 2013 Merlot Port was made mostly from our block 510. The 510 block is on a very sandy/clay soils and the vines tend to be stressed and therefore producing low yields of very concentrated grapes and wine. The grapes were harvested at 25.5 brix sugar. Unoaked grape brandy was added at the proper time to stop the fermentation and preserve some of the unfermented sugar. After pressing the wine was aged in small neutral oak barrels for 3 years and 8 months. The nose is of sweet ripe cherries, plums and blueberry syrup, slightly peppery. The mouth feel is sweet but with perceptible very soft 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. Cheers!