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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  • Reviews

  • Deep garnet with youthful purple hue. Complex and varietal aromatic array of black doris plum, ripe cherry, wooden spices and finely toasted oak. Seductive and luscious on approach the wine has a pure fruit core with fine dusty tannins finishing long and dry.

  • Warm, and early, excellent 

    Brix:   23.5 average 
    Production level: 59 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 30%



    Whole bunch:  0%    
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Closed top stainless steel tanks  
    Fermentation:    Inoculated  
    Barrel type:    Oak barriques  
    New barrel %:   27%   
    Maturation:  17 months  
    Fining:    Yes  
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Dec-15


    Alcohol:    13.4
    Residual sugar:    Nil
    pH:    3.63
    Acidity: 6 g/l

  • Date: April 2016
    Publication: Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
    5 Stars, 18.5 Points
    “This is a rich, ripe, plummy Merlot with soft redcurrant notes and a concentrated, but supple palate.”
    - Raymond Chan 

    Date: April 2016
    Publication: Wine Orbit 
    5 Stars, 94 Points
    “Beautifully styled, superbly ripe and elegantly poised, this is a gorgeous rendition of the variety showing dark plum, violet, spice and cedar characters with subtle game complexity. The palate is concentrated and silky, and offers loads of appealing flavours, framed by fine, chalky tannins. Already a charmer, but promises to develop magnificently.”
    - Sam Kim