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2018 Estate Merlot

2018 Estate Merlot

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ATTRIBUTES

The wine is tight and perfumed, with flavours of plum, raspberry and liquorice. The palate has a silky elegance and soft juicy tannins. It is medium bodied, with fine tannins on the finish. Enjoy now or short term cellaring to further soften the palate.

WINEMAKING

The Merlot was handpicked on the 15th March 2018 and transported to Clare for vinification. It was crushed and destemmed into an open 3 tonne fermenter, and fermentation was started with a Bordeaux dry yeast addition. The must was hand plunged gently 2-3 times a day for tannin and colour extraction. Post ferment the skins were pressed and wine transferred to 40% new and 2 year old French oak hogsheads. The wine had 10 months maturation in oak before being racked, gently filtered and bottled in March 2019.

VINEYARDS

Situated on the Teakle property in Port Lincoln, 2 kilometres from the foreshore, with 150 meters elevation. The soils are a rich combination of sandy loam topsoil overlying a friable red-brown clay loam subsoil. The moderately warm summer temperatures and maritime breeze allow perfect ripening conditions in the vineyard. The long sunshine hour days encourage even ripening of the grapes, while the gentle breeze helps cool the bunches, retaining the beautiful natural acidity.