Heifer Station Merlot V18
This variant is currently sold out
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.
2018 was year of challenge and reward for the Orange region and Heifer Station. Adequate winter rainfall removed the need for supplementary irrigation until heatwaves in January required small amounts to reduce sunburn and replenish carbohydrates. Balanced nutrition, well timed shoot thinning and leaf plucking ensured optimal tannin ripeness in reds and reduced phenolics in whites proving a brilliant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot vintage. Yields were average to high, while acid retention was brilliant right up to harvest reducing the need for winery additions. Heatwaves in January and hail weeks before harvest threw curve balls to the vineyard team, but the resilient vines withstood the challenge and all varieties reached the crusher in great 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.
This elegant example of Orange Merlot has an alluring nose, carried by herbaceous violet & clove character. 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
13.7 % ALC
A lovely inky red with blue black tones
Drink now to 10 years
1/3 New French Oak 2/3 Old French Oak