Cocoa, dried herbs and bay leaf on the palate. Lingering and savoury with an underlying cherry fruit. Ripe and even with fine tannins.
- VIC - Yarra Valley
Merlot may well have a reputation as ’soft and fruity’ but when it’s at its best it’s often a lot more challenging than that. This Sexton Vineyard Merlot is a challenging wine, in a positive sense.
Steely, blueberried fruit flavour. Briary notes - though it’s not green. Lots of stern, almost gruff tannin. But the bold power to carry, and support, each of these components. Merlot as a statement. Lots of structured and lots of dry power. 92+ points - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front (01/09/2010)
Has more structure and conviction than many merlots; is there a percentage of cabernet? Black fruits with a black olive edge; food style.Drink 2018 Rating 91 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
Black olives, brianry fruit. Hints of black jellybeans. Cocoa and dark chocolate.
Cocoa, dried herbs and bay leaf. Lingering and savoury with an underlying cherry fruit. Ripe and even with fine tannins.
Fresh pasta with prosciutto and fresh peas. Beef ragu. Manchego cheese.
Three to five years.
The Merlot was picked earlier than average but the fruit had great phonological ripeness. Fruit was hand picked into 350 kg perforated bins and chilled overnight before being destemmed, hand sorted as berries, then conveyed to small open fermenters. A three-day cold soak was followed by an eight-day warm ferment with hand plunging twice daily. Ferments were gravity drained, aerated and returned to skins daily during the peak of ferment.