WINE OF THE MONTH Happinez wine of the month, November 2017Merlot Reserva 2015Santa EmaMaipo Valley, ChileGlass 8Bottle 38Grape variety: 100 % MerlotVintage: The 2015 vintage was characterized by low precipitation and occasional warm weather at the end of the winter, which encouraged early and even budbreak. Some rain fell in late spring, which balanced the growth and development of the grapes. The high temperatures in the summer and fall extended the harvest until the end of May. All of these conditions produced ripe and healthy grapes that were harvested earlier than normal with good fruit character and excellent tannin maturation.Wine making: The grapes were crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 7 days at 86oF (30oC) followed by another 6 days of post-fermentation macerations. Upon completion of the malolactic fermentation, the wine was barrel aged for 8–10 months to obtain and deliver greater complexity and structure.Tasting notes: Deep violet-ruby red colour with fruity notes of plums and blackberries accompanied by intense and notes of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Smooth, with ripe tannins, good structure, and very good balance.