Sourced entirely from estate grown Merlot grapes at our Corbishley Vineyard, harvest dates were in the 2nd week of October based on flavour and tannin ripeness in the vineyard. Crop yield was 3 tons per acre, quite low for Merlot standards, to ensure fruit concentration.
Hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard, the Merlot grapes are de-stemmed only into one-ton fermenters ensuring a high proportion of whole berries. After 6-7 days of cold soak, the musts are gradually warmed up to initiate a natural or directed fermentation. Hand plunging is used to keep the cap moist and ensure colour and tannin extraction. The fermentation temperatures are maintained cool early in ferment and then elevated to aid in phenolic extraction. The total maceration time is about 3 weeks.
The wines are drained and pressed off just before dryness and tank settled prior to going to barrel.
Unfiltered prior to bottling.
Our Merlot prefers 100% French Oak, undergoes spontaneous malolactic fermentation and matures in barrel for 16 months with no racking until pre-bottle blending. The 2017 Platinum Merlot is 62% new oak barrels with the balance in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
Food Pairing Notes
Coffee roasted Vale Farms whole Beef Sirloin with beef fat roasted onion, garlic smashed potatoes and grilled rapini.