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Mersel Lebnani Abyad White Blend

$30.00

4 in stock

Vintage: 2022
Region: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Merwah and Sauvignon Blanc

Mersel Wines Lebnani Abyad White is a tropical fruit-forward orange wine with summer fruit undertones, citrus notes, fresh acidity, light tannins, and a long finish. A skin-contact blend of Merwah and Sauvignon Blanc. The final wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small dose of sulfur before closure.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Orchard Fruit, Tropical

BODY

Medium-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

12-13%

OAK

No Oak

TANNIN

Light

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Cool Red and Orange (58°–62°)

SULFUR

Very Low Sulfur (less than 20mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

Terra Sancta Imports

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Mersel Lebnani Abyad White Blend

Mersel Lebnani Abyad White Blend is a tropical fruit-forward orange wine with summer fruit undertones, citrus notes, fresh acidity, light tannins, and a long finish. A skin-contact blend of Merwah and Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc vines are fairly young at 12 years old, but the Merwah vines are seriously old at 150 years old. The Sauvignon Blanc was picked first, was pressed to juice, and was fermented on the skins for 3 weeks. An additional two weeks of maceration is done. Merwah goes a slow ferment on skins for three weeks. It is then pressed and blended with the Sauvignon Blanc. The final wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small dose of sulfur before closure.

Merwah is thought to be genetically similar to Semillon, which was introduced to Europe by the Phoenicians of ancient Lebanon. Merwah was traditionally planted on small terraces surrounded by fig and olive trees. Merwah produces rich wines with nutty, floral, and light citrus notes.

About Mersel Wine

Mersel Wine introduces a unique high-altitude, cool climate wine expression, and experience from the highest viticulture area in the Northern Hemisphere ranging between 2000m and 2500m above sea level. One of the most unique viticulture regions in the world, this terrain was inhabited by Cedar and Juniper forests and it was a haven for the Nubian Ibex. Geographically, to the east, is the Temple of Baalbek, and to the west, the Cedars of Lebanon, which has the oldest cedar trees in the world. The climate is a combination of alpine and continental, with snow-blanketed rigid terrain in winter. Mersel has gravel limestone and clay vineyards on alluvial plains encircled with Juniper trees and the odd cannabis plantations. There is an abundance of sun in summer; and cool nights with over 20°C of diurnal temperature variation. It is considered to be the Lebanese Mendoza. The unfortunate reality of global warming has allowed us to explore this region, a quest that was unimaginable 10 years ago.

The land in Mersel is a virtually untouched and unexplored territory since the land used to be snow-capped all year round. The realities of global warming have allowed us to grow grapes in regions that were once considered too cold. The rain, snow, or natural springs help nourish and nurture our vines naturally.

The air is very clean and dry! Hence, no herbicides, pesticides, or any toxic chemicals and pathogens need to be used. Also based on the location, one of great altitudes of 2000 – 2500m, the winery knew it would be interesting to explore cold-climate vines. Mersel is one of the highest regions for viticulture in the North Hemisphere. Mersel Wine will be the first winery in Lebanon to explore such horizons and a unique wine-making style.