In our vineyards in Wrattonbully we have learnt a great deal on how to grow the Merlot grapevine. The canes of Merlot have a tendency to roll over so we now trellis them with a catching wire. This gives the vine structure, stability and allows the grapes to receive dappled light rather than full sun.
The art in Merlot winemaking is avoiding over extraction of the tannins from the fruit and seeds. We make our wines in static fermenters continually tasting the developing wine and pressing the skins when we have structure and weight without tannic hardness. In the pursuit of soft tannins, we are judicious in our oak selection and the wine was in barrel for a maximum of twelve months.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The wine’s aroma is inviting showing an opulent convergence of berries, clove and allspice with a waft of bay leaf.
The palate is lively and bright opening with initial red berries and plum fruit that build to a chocolate praline-like mid palate with soft warm tannins that please long after the wine is sipped.
This wine is blended to be enjoyed now and, at a minimum, the next five years.
Try matching with an Asian spiced poached pork belly.