Canaan Chapter and Verse Select Merlot 2016

Drink a gallon, then write a poem
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Primary Notes: Strawberry, Raspberry, Plum

Secondary Notes: Chocolate, Vanilla

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Medium

Dryness: Dry

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: High

Alcohol (%): 14

Origin: Hebei, China

Maker: Canaan Winery

Grape: Merlot

Fermentation: Slight Wood


Decanting: 2 hours

Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed between 16–18 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Hoisin glazed short rib, Lok Lak

Western Food Pairing: Braised beef cheek, grilled chicken with Mediterranean grilled veg


Canaan Chapter and Verse Select Merlot 2016

Canaan Chapter and Verse Select Merlot is a part of the "Select" range of Canaan Winery's "Chapter and Verse" wines. Bright red gemstone colour. Ripe red fruit flavours of strawberries, raspberries and red plums fill the palate before hints of vanilla and cocoa emerge. Concentrated tannins support the mature fruit flavours into a long finish.

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 Historical documents reveal that there have been over 1,200 years of grape growing records within Huailai.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, 1520 days maceration followed by malolactic fermentation. Some components age in barrels.