Dry Grown Merlot 2012
2012 Dry Grown Merlot
MOUNT BARKER WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Alcohol 13% a/v, Acidity 6.72 g/l, pH 3.39
SILVER MEDAL- TOP OF CLASS- QANTAS WINE SHOW 2015
James Halliday - Published on 27 Jul 2015
Microscopic black printing on a dark grey label needs a high-powered searchlight if encountered in a restaurant. Old dry-grown vines and the cool climate join together in producing a wine with abundant cassis and black olive fruit, the tannins neatly balanced.
Deep dense colour of dark plum. With aromas of Plums, mulberries, spice, blackcurrant, leather.
The palate is tight and tannic wine with nicely focused varietal fruit well integrated with chocolaty oak. Good backbone of fine tannins. Beautiful sweet red berry and slightly perfumed aromas. The palate is supple and succulent with quite delicious sweet fruit.
An unusually wet winter replenished water and soil moistures. Spring was generally dry providing excellent conditions for flowering and fruit set. Warm very dry summer conditions prevailed in December and January, bringing forward vintage by roughly a week. Rain fell during the middle of harvest but there was minimal disease pressure. The cooler weather slowed down ripening and delayed picking.
Fruit sourced from our 38 year old 12 hectare Dry Grown Vineyard. Our old vines are not irrigated; something quite unusual in these days of mass commercial production. 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, our old vines are all cane pruned and yield 2 tonne per hectare. Galafrey harvest their grapes from mid-March to late April depending on the season.
Mechanically harvested these dry, cool to mild climate grapes 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. Left of Skins as long as possible to ensure depth of colour and flavour our winemaking is geared toward producing a wine that is harmonious, with a minimum of two years in quality French oak.