Dry Grown Merlot 2011
2011 Dry Grown Merlot
'No shortage of rich dark fruits in this powerful Merlot. It shows that this variety in the right places can be a good straight varietal wine. Love the seamless, smooth textured palate and the deeply concentrated flavours. They are beautifully held with ripe fine tannins and excellent oak integration. 90/100 cellar 7 yrs. Ray Jordan
Deep purple-red; despite its modest alcohol, is about as full-bodied as any merlot can be; blackcurrant and licorice fruit is wrapped within a bundle of ripe tannins; borderline varietal character, but a good mouthful.- James Halliday 91/100
Alcohol 12.5% a/v, Acidity 6.8 g/l, pH 3.53
Colour: Deep dense colour of dark plum.
Aroma: Plums, mulberries, spice, blackcurrant, leather.
Palate: Tight and tannic wine with nicely focused varietal fruit well integrated with chocolaty oak. Good backbone of fine tannins. Has cellaring potential. Beautiful sweet red berry and slightly perfumed aromas. The palate is supple and succulent with quite delicious sweet fruit. Fine grained tannins and attractive integrated oak.
Generally a mild growing season with excellent rainfall during spring. Moist condition spromoted some vigour in the vineyard and teh need for leaf plucking. Summer was dry and warm. A near perfect season. Fruit sourced from our 41 year old 12 hectare Dry Grown Vineyard. Our old vines are not irrigated; something quite unusual in these days of mass commercial production. We prefer low-yielding wine crops with small berries. Although it limits our volume, having smaller fruit fosters an intensity of the flavour, with most of the colour and tannin of the grape being concentrated in or near the skin. The characteristically cool climate of the district ensures slow ripening of the grapes, which also allows for the development of rich flavour and quality grape juice. Grown on ancient gravely loams in Mount Barker, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, an area renowned for excellence in cool climate viticulture. Our old vines are all cane pruned and yield 2 tonne per hectare with small bunch weights which add intensity of character and flavour. Galafrey harvest their grapes from mid March to late April depending on the season.
After a cool to mild winter and intermittent top up rains, Spring arrived prematurely resulting in early bud burst. After relatively wet conditions over late spring, the weather pattern changed resulting in a long extended period of warm dry temperatures. Hot weather towards the tail end of the growing season accelerated Baume levels, but intermittent rainfall in April, cooled down the canopies and added much needed soil moistures. Normally this might lead to berry burst and disease pressure. The top-up rainfall, however, allowed the fruit to reach optimum tannin/ phenolic ripeness and prevented grape shrivel. The use of sorting tables allowed the winemakers to focus on achieving pristine fruit quality. An outstanding vintage. Respective yields were 2 tonne / hectare.
The dry, cool to mild climate of the Great Southern region will produce classic Merlot , wines with great depth of flavour and structure. We endeavour through meticulous viticulture and wine production sympathetic to the vintage conditions to produce a Merlot that will express varietal characters in tune with its sense of place. Winemaking is geared toward producing a wine that is harmonious, interesting, well structured and most importantly drinkable, with a minimum of two years in quality French oak.