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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  • 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet

    Dark garnet with vibrant purple hues. Seductive aromas of ripe plus, cassis, nutmeg, tobacco and sandalwood reflects beautifully ripe Merlot. The palate is at first rich and full bodied and then finishes with wonderful graphite-like tannins, fine acidity and a long tapering dry finish.

  • Warm, and dry, excellent 

    Brix:   24 average 
    Production level: 68 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 20%


  • Whole bunch:  0%    
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Closed top stainless steel tanks  
    Fermentation:    Inoculated  
    Barrel type:    Oak barriques  
    New barrel %:   21%   
    Maturation:  17 months  
    Fining:    Yes  
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Dec-14


    Alcohol:    13.3
    Residual sugar:    Nil
    pH:    3.55
    Acidity: 5.6 g/l

  • Date: April 2015
    Publication: Raymond Chan
    5 Stars
    "Full, very dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, very youthful in appearance.  The nose is elegant and finely concentrated with intense aromas of ripe, black plum fruit along with delicate curranty notes, liquorice and spicy, nutty oak elements.  This is fresh, fragrant and vibrant in expression. "
    - Raymond Chan

    Date: April 2015
    Publication: Winestate
    5 Stars
    "Delicious young, but still youthful, classy, and harmonious red. The colour is deep and purple-flushed; the palate generous, with rich,  ripe blackcurrant, plum, spice and dark chocolate flavours, oak complexity and fine-grained  tannins."