2018 Smithbrook Single Vineyard Merlot
Vendor Smithbrook

2018 Smithbrook Single Vineyard Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Colour

Brick red, purple hues.

Aroma

Lifted, perfumed nose, hints of charred oak alongside blue and red berry aromas.

Palate

The medium-bodied palate exhibits bright, fresh blueberry and ripe plum characters, complemented by layers of sweet vanillin oak. The fine tannin structure promotes persistence of intensity and gently finishes soft and smooth.

Cellaring

Cellar for 3–8 years.

Technical

vintage

Abundant winter rainfall leading into the 2018 vintage filled the dams and promoted vine canopy growth. A cool spring resulted in slower maturity but promoted fruit flavours in both whites and reds. Occasional rainfall during the harvest period provided some challenges. However, a dedicated viticultural team helped procure clean fruit despite disease pressure. Reds benefited greatly from a warm and dry autumn and have resulted in some of our ripest reds for some years.

winemaking

The fruit was hand-picked, then destemmed in the winery to small fermenters for a three-day cold soak. Gentle maceration techniques during fermentation promoted ripe berry flavours and minimal extraction of grape seed tannins. Pressed off skins post fermentation into new and seasoned French Oak hogsheads for nine months maturation. Bottled early promoting freshness.

Region

Pemberton 

Variety

Merlot

Analysis

  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • pH: 3.28
  • TA: 7.1g/L

Awards

china wine & spirits 2019

Timber Towns Regional Wine Show

Reviews

halliday wine companion 2021

Hand-picked, destemmed, gentle maceration, matured in new and used French hogsheads for 9 months. Has a lot of grunt - Pemberton and merlot are happy bed fellows.

91 Points 91
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