CheckMate Artisanal Winery
Opening Gambit Merlot
$84.99** Suggested retail price
About this winery
The von Mandl family began their journey over 40 years ago. The first sign of the real potential of the vineyards came in 1994 with a surprise win at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for ‘Top Chardonnay in the World.’ The family has developed exceptional vineyards with distinctive Chardonnay and Merlot clones, some of which are now over 40 years old, at what are now CheckMate Artisanal Winery vineyards.
An elegant nose of blackcurrant and black fruits with creamy undertones and floral notes. The palate is charming, with dark, ripe fruits, supple tannins and well integrated oak.
Fermentation is 100% wild with extanded skin contact. Barrel aged in 100% new French oak for 21 months.