2017 Merlot

GRAPE VARIETY:Merlot
VINTAGE:2017
REGION:100% One Tree Hill
ANALYSIS:14.5% Alcohol, Residual Sugar < 2g/L
CELLAR POTENTIAL:This wine is approachable upon release, but will benefit with careful cellaring between 4-6 + years
COLOUR:Deep intensity with bright purple to red hues
BOUQUET:The aromas are lifted with violets, fresh raspberries, and red cherries amongst black forest cake characters.
PALATE:While being medium bodied, this Merlot displays lovely mid palate texture, with ripe plums, redcurrants and spicy like characters with the finish being soft and silky.
VINEYARD & VITICULTURE:Sourced from a single low yielding vineyard from Southern One Tree Hill, with an average yield of 2.5 tonne per acre.
WINEMAKING:Crushed and destemmed to open top fermenters, where cooling was employed throughout the fermentation between 18-25oC. There was two pump overs and one hand plunge every day to optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction. After 7 days of fermentation the fermented wine was then gently Basket Pressed to a settling tank for 2 days, where it was then racked to older oak barrels to undergo Malolactic fermentation.
STORAGE/MATURATION:14 months in new and seasoned French oak Hogsheads