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2019 Platinum Merlot

2019 Platinum Merlot

Intense and concentrated aromas of dark plums, blueberries and currants lead into a plush palate of blackberries, eucalyptus, peppers and a touch of baking spice finished with hints of dried tobacco and espresso. Underlying acidity lendsa balanced, elegant structure for ageing. 

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Vineyard Notes
Sourced primarily from estate grown Merlot grapes at our Corbishley Vineyard, harvest dates were at the end 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.
Production Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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 2019 Platinum Merlot is 81% new oak puncheons and barrels with the balance in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels. Unfined & unfiltered prior to bottling.