Petaluma `Coonawarra` Merlot 2013 (6 x 750mL) Coonawarra, SA.

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Vintage 2013 in Petaluma’s Evans Vineyard in Coonawarra in South Australia’s South East was preceded by a beautiful wet autumn and winter, but then an incredibly dry spring and summer. Happily the old vines, planted in 1968 received 38mm of soaking rain in November, freshening the vineyard beautifully.

The fruit from the old vines was hand picked on the 13th of March and trucked to our winery in the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills.It was then destemmed, crushed and chilled, the must cold soaked in a Potter fermenter for four days, before being inoculated with our chosen yeast strain to conduct the alcoholic fermentation. Once the fermentation was underway, the fermenting juice was drained away from the skins to another tank once per day and then pumped back up, refloating the skins and submerging them under the heading boards. This gently helps extract colour, tannin and flavour.

Just over half way through the alcoholic fermentation we introduced a strain of bacteria to conduct the malo-lactic fermentation (MLF), the conversion of hard malic acid to softer lactic acid. After two weeks on skins and at sugar dryness the wine was drained off, the skins pressed and the resulting wine transferred to new French oak barrels, predominantly from our favoured cooper, Dargaud et Jaegle. For the 2013 wine we chose barriques from the forests of Alliers and Nevers in the centre of France. The wine remained in oak for 22 months before an egg white fining to help clarification and to soften tannins, followed by a gentle filtration to bottle in February 2015.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

The 2013 Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot is a deep brooding, dense rich dry red. Ripe plums and black currant aromas and flavours are backed up with subtle delicate oak. The palate is full, luscious and rich with loads of black fruits and cedar oak. Abundant tannins and sweet fruit, typical of low crop Merlot frame the finish. The 2013 Coonawarra Merlot from the Evans Vineyard will reward careful cellaring for many decades while being approachable in its youth, a sign of a great vintage.

SA - Coonawarra
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Established in 1976, Petaluma's vision is to make world class wines from the classic European varieties by choosing the best region for each variety and acquiring or planting the best vineyard in that region.

The simple hallmark Petaluma yellow label has come to represent Australian wines of refined elegance but stamped indelibly with characteristics of the vineyards of origin. Petaluma wines have been established as New World classics representative of the terroir of Australia’s best regions.

Winemaker Andrew Hardy

Andrew began with Petaluma in 1982, working and studying his wayup through the ranks as cellar hand, trainee winemaker and finally leadwinemaker. Successfully interweaving practical, ‘in the vineyard’ workwith university studies, Andrew completed his Bachelor of Appl. Sci(Wine Science) at University of Adelaide in 1990. Nominated in August1999 as a finalist in AGT Wine Magazine's Winemaker of the Year award, Andrew is highly respected for his effortless winemaking style,restrained hand in the winery and engaging manner.

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