This traditional French variety has found a home nestled on the 'right bank' of the creek, opposite the century old Block 6 vines.
Often providing supple red and black berried fruits and a round mouth feel to blends with Cabernet, Merlot on it's own produces a medium bodied wine with a long, silky finish. A variety not done any favours by a particular Hollywood movie, our Merlot continues to surprise many who have forgotten just how good this variety can be.
On the 29th February we harvested 4.87 tonnes of Merlot. These vines are planted on the Eastern bank of the creeknext to the Cabernet. Soils are a mixture of rich alluvial clay loam and lighter sandy loam with underlying geology consisting of calcareous sandstone and limestone.
The fruit was open fermented and hand plunged for 10 dayson skins, prior to traditional Basket pressing. The wine then matured for 10 months in French oak barriques.
The fruit was open fermented and hand plunged for 10 dayson skins, prior to traditional Basket pressing. The wine then matured for 10 months in French oak barriques.Colour: Dark crimson.
Nose: Violets, bay leaf and boysenberry
Palate: Lively up front fruit compote, with hints of charcuterie, followed by fine, chalky tannins.
A juicy Merlot with great length!We highly recommend decanting prior to serving. A great match with any lamb dish.
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Our hallmark style and signature varietal. This wine represents everything we love about McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Reflecting the season, Ironmonger will not be produced in every year.