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Mills Reef

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Merlot

Gimblett Gravels

2013
Winemakers: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick
Alcohol: 13.6%
Tasting Note

The grapes for this generous wine were grown exclusively in the stony soils of our Gimblett Gravel Vineyards, on low yielding closely spaced vines. The grapes were picked on 4 and 11 April 2013 at 23.4o Brix.

The grapes were gently crushed, allowing some whole berries to remain intact, and the must transferred into stainless steel tanks for 2 days cold soak. Fermentation proceeded with twice daily rummaging for colour, flavour and fine tannin extraction. The resulting wine was aged for 11 months in quality oak barrels (95% French and 5% Hungarian). The wine was fined and filtered prior to bottling in early July 2014 under Stelvin closure.

Deliciously full bodied and fruity, this fine Merlot from an excellent vintage delivers rich plum and blackcurrant flavours, peppered with warm spice and aniseed. Twelve months graceful ageing in quality oak barrels has bestowed a silky smooth palate. Immensely enjoyable now, it will also reward judicious cellaring.

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