Coonawarra, South Australia. Full bright dark ruby red. Ripe, fragrant nose showing cinnamon and cloves overlaying cherry fruit. This is a flavorsome Merlot with a full flavor of ripe plums and round, long tannins that provide persistence and length. It retains elegance and finesse.
Beautifully finessed for youthful enjoyment and well structured for complexity over 8-10 years.
We are fortunate to have mature Merlot vines planted from 1982 to 1999, a significant proportion of which is dry grown. Supporting this fruit is a block of newer clones (R8 and Q45-14) which produce small berry size producing intense colour and a deeper flavour profile. Fermentation on skins was for 7-12 days after which the wines were pressed and allowed to settle before maturation in 100% French Oak with two rackings over 14 months to soften the tannin structure. The wine was blended in April 2019 and prepared for bottling in May.
100% French, 20% new, 13% 1 yo, 15% 2 yo, 20% balance 3-5 yo