Merlot 2016

Meticulous attention in the vineyard and cellar combine to produce a wine with textured fruit purity and tantalisingly firm yet balanced tannins.


Alcohol 14.0 vol % | Sugar 2.6 g/l | TA 5.2 g/l | pH 3.57 | TSO2 63 mg/l | FSO2 15 mg/l

The grapes for this wine were the 9th and 10th vintage off twelve and thirteen year old vines. The vineyard aspects range from North East to North West, against rugged mountain slopes. All grapes were hand-picked, hand sorted and crushed into medium sized open top fermenters. Punch-downs and pump-over’s were performed three to four times per day, these practices being determined by twice daily tastings of the tanks. Fermentation took 9 days to complete, after which the free run wine was drawn off and the skins pressed separately. The wine was then racked into first, second and third fills barrels where malo-lactic fermentation took place. Six different cooperages were used, each specifically chosen to complement the different nuances of this very complex wine. During maturation, the wine was racked three times. After 18 months in barrel the best barrels were racked to tank and blended to create a harmonious finished product. A light filtration preceded bottling in November 2015


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