• The Gathering Merlot

AUSTRALIA

The Gathering Merlot

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Notes from the Winemaker - The Gathering Merlot is a classic expression of Australian winemaking. The vineyards thrive at an elevation of approximately 120 meters. Average vine age is 15 -years-old, and the soil is characterized as an alluvial black, self-mulching clay loam.

This appellation can experience very hot summer months, with average temperatures reaching 91 degrees Fahrenheit in some sections. The 2015 growing season produced high quality reds in Australia; a wet winter was followed by a dry spring, pushing harvest dates slightly ahead of schedule. A few weeks into harvest, temperatures warmed up again, bringing additional ripeness to grapes still on the vine.

This Merlot was harvested in early March during the evening to inhibit wild yeast fermentation. The parcels were fermented in static fermenters at warm temperatures and received oak treatment. Additional oak maturation for eight months in a combination of French and American oak add to the complexity in this wine.

Wine: Deep crimson in color with youthful, purple hues, this wine shows lifted aromas of spicy, red berry notes and a touch of toasted oak. The palate is rich and lush with notes of blackcurrant and plum that are enhanced by baking spices and silky tannins.