Merlot

Merlot

2019 Merlot
Orange, NSW

The pallet is medium bodied, with subtle red fruit nuances

$40 each

Wine Details

Region

Orange

Vintage

2019

Type

Red Wine

Variety

Merlot

Volume

750mL

Alcohol Volume

13.7%

PH

3.4

Acidity

6.5

Sugar

0

Maturation

10 Months 15% New oak

Closure

Screw Cap

Bottling Date

14/01/2019

Harvest Date

March 2018

Background

Heifer Station vineyard is situated between 860-900m elevation on the undulating slopes of Mt Canobolas. Merlot was planted in the vineyard in 1999 and makes up 3.5 Hectares of the 25 Hectares of fruit under vine.

Vineyard Notes

During the growing season the vines are both shoot and bunch thinned by hand to reduce yield. The result is a quality crop of around 5- 6 tonnes per hectare. Fruit was picked very late in March and early April after a very good harvest and received at the winery in excellent condition.

Winemaking

The fruit is then left whole in open top fermenters where wild yeasts starts fermentation, which continues for around 18 days. During this period the fruit is punched down and pumped over daily to extract colour, tannin and more savoury elements. The wine is then split between 15% new French Oak and 85& Old French Oak barrels for a period of 10 Months.

Tasting Notes

This elegant example of Orange Merlot has a vibrant nose, carried by dried herb characters. The pallet is medium bodied, with subtle dark berry fruit. The tannins are soft and chewy and the wine will age well under ideal conditions.

Style

Textured, savoury, bordeaux-esk

Colour

Dark plum

Bouquet

Vibrant plum, blackberry, violet.

Palate

The pallet is medium bodied, with subtle dark berry fruit. The tannins are soft and chewy and the wine will age well under ideal conditions.

Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential

Drink now to 10 years

Food Matches

Slow cooked lamb shoulder

Other wine you might like

Pinot Noir
$45 each
2019 Pinot Noir Pinot Noir
An elegant Pinot Noir which displays juicy cherry and raspberry characters.
Rose
$30 each
2020 Rosé Rose
Fresh strawberry, grapefruit, peaches and cream on the nose. Palate is generous with an abundance of fresh berry fruits
Rose
$30 each
2021 Rosé Rose
Fresh strawberry, grapefruit, peaches and cream on the nose. Palate is generous with an abundance of fresh berry fruits