Portes Merlot is fermented and macerated in stainless steel vats, aged in French barriques (partly-new oak) for 8 months and a further 6 months in bottle. The colour is deep purple with ruby highlights. On the nose, it is concentrated, very complex, and multi-dimensional. It reveals aromas of red cherries, ripe plums, sweet vanilla, and hints of violet and tobacco. On the mouth it is smooth, velvety, full-bodied with very ripe soft tannins. Deep black and red fruits fill the palate and flavours of spices and tobacco follow. The aftertaste is rich, long, and complex.