Canaan Chapter and Verse Mastery Merlot 2014

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Primary Notes: Plum, Black Cherry Strawberry

Secondary Notes: Chocolate, Oak Toast

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Medium

Dryness: Dry

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: Medium

Alcohol (%): 14

Origin: Hebei, China

Maker: Canaan Winery

Grape: Merlot

Fermentation: Heavy Wood

Awards: >90

Decanting: 2 hours

Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed between 16–18 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Sio Bak, wok-fried beef fillets

Western Food Pairing: Roast beef in mushroom sauce, grilled chicken with Mediterranean grilled veg


Canaan Chapter and Verse Mastery Merlot 2014

Canaan Chapter and Verse Mastery Merlot has a fruit forward nose of strawberries, plum and black cherries. The round and dry palate has focused tannins that give it a velvety finish. The aromas follow through to the palate and reveal hints of chocolate and toasty oak. 

Fun Fact: 

Canaan Winery uses the label "Shi Bai Pian" in order to avoid confusion with the brand Kanaan in the Ningxia region. The term "Shi Bai Pian" (translates directly as "A Hundred Poems") was coined by acclaimed Chinese poet Du Fu from the Tang Dynasty when he composed the poem 'Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup'.

Basically, elite scholars and influential people in the Tang Dynasty loved to gather and drink fine wines together. This inspired Du Fu to write 'Ode to Eight Wine Immortals', a humorous piece that pictures eight of his contemporaries (well respected men who were politicians, poets, musicians and calligraphers) as huge drunks.

Canaan uses the name "Chapter and Verse" as an English tribute to "Shi Bai Pian". It celebrates the creative and devoted vignerons who made fine wines possible and also shares the story of Canaan's passionate people who have been toiling all year round to bring you the best of what nature has offered them.

100% Merlot. The fruit for this wine comes from Canaan Winery's 600 hectare vineyards in Huailai, Hebei. Historical documents reveal that there have been over 1,200 years of grape growing records within Huailai. Huailai is adjacent to Guan Tin Lake, a water body of 290 square km surface, that serves as a natural air temperature regulator. Mountain ranges situated to the north and south of Canaan vineyards channel seasonal NW dry air from the North, which substantially reduces disease pressure to the grape vines. The vineyard sites that produce Merlot sit at an altitude of 498–670 metres and have high gravel, sandy loam soils.

Cold soaking of the fruit; 15-20 days maceration; Malolactic fermentation; 18 months oak barrel ageing.




The  Mastery Merlot 2014 is a more classic and astoundingly good example of merlot’s varietal expression — fresh, plumy, elegantly spicy and vibrant with so much sap and succulence highlighting the purity and drinkability of the wine.