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Merlot 2014

Merlot 2014
Product Code: Merlot 2014
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A soft and gentle Merlot with flavours of berries, plums and a hint of chocolate.                                
   
Regional Appellation Great Southern, Denmark, Western Australia
Grape Varieties Merlot 100% Estate Grown & Made
Oak Maturation 17 months 80% French & 20% Hungarian Oak
Alcohol 15%
Standard Drinks (750ml) 8.9
Additives Contains sulphites. Produced with egg products. Traces may remain
Release Date August 2016
Cellaring Potential Up to 5 years

THE VINTAGE

The 2014 vintage for the reds started in the second week of April, which was slightly earlier than our average time for harvesting on the South Coast. The winter rainfall was average with mild temperatures.   The summer temperatures were warm and unusually very dry with almost no rain whatsoever.  These dry conditions required all the grapes to be harvested a little earlier. Birds were their usual hungry selves, so all vines were netted to prevent bird damage and disease.  This resulted in clean, ripe and well  balanced fruit.  The fruit cropped an average of 2 tonnes per acre.

THE WINEMAKING

Wine makers: Anthony & Peter Buxton. Consultant: Michael Staniford

Immediately after harvesting, the fruit was crushed and fermented to 32 ºC then over 8 days at maximum of 26 ºC. The wine was basket pressed and racked every 3 to 4 months then matured into a combination of French and Hungarian Oak for 17 months. The equivalent of one-third new oak was used.


WINEMAKERS ASSESSMENT

Colour Deep soft purple hue.
Nose A rich, floral with sweet red fruit aromas.
Palate A generous soft rounded medium bodied palate of ripe berries, plums and a hint of chocolate. The finely integrated oaks give this wine a delicate and gentle style.
Cuisine Fresh Salmon & Trout; Veal; Lamb chops and Roast Chicken.
Serving Temperature 14-16 ºC

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