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Merlot/Petit Verdot 2011

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Merlot/Petit Verdot 2011

South Eastern Australia
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85% Merlot
15% Petit Verdot

The Merlot is grown on clay loam with small gravel limestone sub soils. The vines are 19 years old and are trained to a single cordon with a single foliage wire. The Petit Verdot is planted on dark clay loam soil. The vines are 13 years old and are also trained to a single cordon with a single foliage wireBoth the Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes were harvested at optimum tasting levels, insuring that flavour and colour indices were at the maximum. The must was fermented at temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees in order to help extract flavour and colour components from the grape skins. The skins were then gently pressed, with only the free run fraction being kept insuring that soft tannins would be present in the final wine. The wine was then stored on French and American oak staves and allowed to mature prior to bottling

Tasting Note
Deep vibrant in colour, this fruity wine comes from the heartland of Australia. The Merlot contributes a soft juiciness and intense ripe fruit flavour. Petit Verdot gives a little spiciness and structure. With mocha oak on the nose, full length and velvety mouth full of black cherry and raspberry, this wine is suitable for all occasions.

Serving Suggestion
Delicious on its own, or with pizza, pasta, all kinds of curry and, of course, red meats.

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