Excelsior Merlot has a tendency towards green flavours and tannins, so canopy management practices like shoot removal and green harvesting are used to produced and evenly ripened crop.
Merlot is one of the more difficult grapes to grow successfully as the
variety often displays green flavors and tannins. To minimize this we
follow very strict canopy management practices where we sucker (water
shoot removal) twice, leaf pluck where necessary, and most importantly
bunch thin. This ensures an adequately “open” canopy, so that most
berries get sunlight exposure. This brings out the blackcurrant and red
fruit characters of Merlot and avoids green tannins.
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