Merlot, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot
Our Gimblett Gravels Merlot is carefully selected from the 22 parcels of Merlot in our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, individually fermented and crafted, then blended with a seasoning of the two Cabernets and Malbec.

The warm, gravelly soils are perfect for the production of Merlot and the moderate heat allows the wine to retain freshness and structure without showing over-ripe characters.

The result is a rich, ripe wine with ample ‘dusty’ tannins and a lush, warm texture similar to other wines made in the area.

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  • 96% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vibrant dense colour. Lovely aromatics of damson plum, fig and violets. The palate is complex and finishes with a real elegance. Red fruits linger whilst lovely fine grained tannin provides impressive palate length.

  • Warm, La Niña Summer

    Brix:   22.4 average 
    Production level: 60 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 30%


  • Whole bunch:  0%    
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Stainless steel tanks  
    Fermentation:    Inoculated  
    Barrel type:    French oak barriques  
    New barrel %:   20%   
    Maturation:  16 months  
    Fining:    Yes  
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Nov-12


    Alcohol:    13
    Residual sugar:    Nil
    pH:    3.61
    Acidity: 4.8 g/l

  • Date:September 2013
    Publication: Cuisine Magazine
    4.5 Stars - 3rd Place Cuisine Bordeaux Blends Tasting
    "This Merlot with a dash of Malbec in the blend shows unusual dimension and complexity for the 2011 vintage. Leafy notes give an appetising edge to cherry and berry fruit, adding up to excellent varietal personality. The palate is rich and fleshy with measured tannins."
    - Cuisine Magazine

    Date: October 2013
    4.5 Stars, 93 Points
    "This is a real charmer, exhibiting pristine aromas of black/blueberry, dark plum, floral and a hint of cedary oak. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted with silky texture and excellent intensity, leading to a delicately dry finish backed by plenty of polished tannins. Wonderful harmony and balance."
    -  Sam Kim