Ripe plum and cherry flavours dominate Smithbrook's Merlot grapes. Elegant but rich, the expression of dense, savoury tannins is only found in the very best examples of this variety.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Savoury satsuma plum cake, with hints of black olive and strong earthy notes are balanced by sweeter blackcurrant flavours whilst maintaining the intrinsic savoury tannin structure of the region.
The originally managed vineyard is situated on idealistic soils of gravely loam over clay. An outstanding growing season in Pemberton for all red varieties in particular Merlot. Warm dry ripening conditions created perfect flavour, colou and tannin development.
The Merlot variety always performs well in Permberton. A majority of the Merlot has had extended post fermentation skin contact, for up to 32 days, to facilitate a softening of tannins and development of juicer fruit characteristics. A small addition of the sister variety Cabernet Franc (13%) complete a mouth filling flavoursome wine which was matured in French and American oak for 16 months.