This wine is a vibrant expression of Pemberton Merlot. The emphasis on canopy management in the vineyard is evident with fully ripened flavours of fleshy black cherry fruits with plumy richness and the characteristic lifted floral notes. The silky tannins of Merlot are evident on the palate and supported by fine grained French Oak. Drink now or cellar with confidence for 6-8 years.
Merlot pairs beautifully with many foods – try it with pâtés, pork or veal roasts, rich, cheesy gratins and even hamburgers.
Tasting notes (PDF download)
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With a relatively mild winter and above average spring rainfall the vines entered the season with good soil moisture resulting in strong growth and good fruit set. This above average fruit set combined with strong canopies allowed steady ripening across all varieties enabling harvest to commence in late February and finishing mid April. The cool evenings and lack of extreme heat saw excellent flavour development. This was yet another cracking vintage in the southern regions of WA making it eight years in a row.
Pre-fermentation cold soaking followed by a clean, warm (25-30 °C) ferment. Twice daily pump-overs, using specialized gentle tannin extraction method, also two rack-returns during ferment. Yeast strains used were F15 and FX10. Total time on skins was 15 days to retain maximum fruit intensity and soft tannins. Aged in 1, 2 and 3 year old French barriques (25% new oak).
Residual Sugar: <1g/L
Date Picked: 13th April