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Mersel Lebnani Ahmar Cinsault

$30.00

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Vintage: 2022
Region: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Cinsault

Mersel Lebnani Ahmar Cinsault is a floral and fruity Lebanese red with ripe berry and dried fruit flavors, hints of spice with floral and smoky notes. The hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and placed into a concrete tank. The tank is then sealed and a native fermentation slowly goes on for up to two weeks. The skins are pressed off and the fermentation continues for an additional week. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small addition of sulfur at closure.

Song: Haunted Mountain by Jolie Holland

Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Pomegranate, Red Berries

BODY

Light-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

13-14%

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 Ahmar Cinsault

Mersel Lebnani Ahmar Cinsault is floral and fruity Lebanese red with ripe berry and dried fruit flavors, hints of spice with floral and smoky notes. Cinsault vines have been grown for centuries in southern France, making it one of the oldest grape varieties found in the region. With access to the Mediterranean, the grape has found its way to a majority of viticultural regions. Lebanon first imported Cinsault in the 1800s from the French colony in Algeria and has become an important varietal in the country. Here, the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and placed into a concrete tank. The tank is then sealed and a native fermentation slowly goes on for up to two weeks. The skins are pressed off and the fermentation continues for an additional week. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small addition of sulfur at closure.

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.