Heron Vin de Pays Merlot
For over a decade, Heron Wines has been making distinctive, delicious, varietal wines
from the best places on Earth. Nearly from the start, Heron has carefully managed this oldvine
vineyard, tending to Merlot vines averaging 25 years old. In the hills rising to the
Pyrannees, St Chinian is the smallest and coolest micro-climate in the Languedoc. Close
attention to keeping yields down, and the inherent benefits of the vineyard location; high
elevation and cool northerly winds, add to the character and flavor of the wine. The goal
all along has been to create a full and flavorful wine that maximizes the high quality fruit
and reveals the complexity and depth that is so exciting about Merlot from this area in
the first place.
VINEYARD AND CANOPY MANAGEMENT
Leaf pulling for exposure as needed through verasion. Due to weather conditions, strict de-budding and grape ablation was necessary.
Spring — warm early in the spring, early cycle and bud
growth. Cool mid-Summer. Late Summer — warm and windy.
Grapes were harvested in two phases to ensure perfect
ripeness, near complete de-stemming at harvest, lightly crushed and then 29 days
extended maceration. Extended fermentation on the skins in stainless steel tank with
temperatures kept between 76-81° F. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation
followed by 8 months in new, one and two year-old medium toast, small French oak
Alcohol: 13.5% – refreshingly balanced in today’s world of high-alcohol wines.
Heron Merlot has been used by the Institute of Enology in Montpellier as benchmark wine,
illustrating what is possible to achieve with carefull mangagment and reduced yields —
about 2.5 tons per acre. It possesses concentration and character that can only come
from old vines, low yields, maceration and great terroir. The nose features plums and
cherries. The currants, mocha and cassis. It is harmonious, balanced and delicious. Enjoy!
ABOUT HERON WINES
When Heron Wines began in 1995, it was unusual for an American woman to be making
her own wine in France. Now Heron Wines is making wine in three countries. From the
beginning, the goal has been simple: for each wine, find the best vineyards and the best
regions wherever in the world they may be. Heron seeks to produce serious wines, keep true
to the varietal, maintain elegance and balance (in everything!), and deliver tons of
character and soul.