Heifer Station Merlot V17


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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.

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. The fruit is then left whole in open fermenters where native or wild yeasts starts fermentation, which continues for around 18 days. During this period the fruit is punched down daily to extract colour and tannin. The wine is then split between 1/3 new French Oak and 2/3 Old French Oak barrels for a period of 2 years.

Tasting notes

This elegant example of Orange Merlot has an alluring nose, carried by herbaceous clove characters. The pallet is medium bodied, with subtle red fruit nuances. The tannins are soft and velvety and the wine will age well under ideal conditions.

100 % Merlot
60-900m Elevation
13.7 % ALC
A bright crimson red with blue black tones
Drink now to 10 years
1/3 New French Oak 2/3 Old French Oak

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