Production: 125 Cases
Availability: Winery direct and select restaurant accounts
Variety or Blend: Merlot
Vineyard Designation: Grower’s Series
Region: Vinemount Ridge
Vine Age: 10 years
Soil: Mostly clay with limestone.
Wine Style: Dry
Oak: 100% French Oak, 33% New Oak
Alcohol Content: 12.8%
TA: 5.50 g/L
RS: 4.1 g/L
Ageing: Drink now through 2026
Serving Temperature: 14 – 18 degrees Celsius
The 2015 Edgerock Merlot was harvested with excellent flavour and when the fruit was hanging clean on the vines. We started by destemming all of the fruit and about 50% of the fruit is crushed, while the other 50% remains whole berry during a 5-7 day cold soak. After cold soaking, we warm up the fruit for alcoholic fermentation. Once alcoholic fermentation is complete and the tannin structure is right, we gently press each batch of wine off of the skins and pump it to a settling tank. After settling, each batch of wine is put into specially selected barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The wine is sulphured in barrel to preserve the character and fruit and continues to age with careful monitoring for 16 months. Through tasting and blending trials, the Merlot is then taken out of barrels, when ready, and blended into tank to integrate as the final wine. This Edgerock Merlot is special selected barrels who quality and balance was above and beyond all others. A light filtration is carried out before bottling.
Dark opaque garnet with a fuchsia hue.
Prunes, figs, leather and spice fill the glass. Blackberries, blueberries, graphite and vanilla continue to tantalize your nose, followed by a violet floral lift and hints of brambleberries.
The fruit flavours that enters your palate match the aromas on the nose. Blackberries, leather, violets and toast on the forefront. A medium bodied Merlot with a textured mid-palate of toasted hazelnuts, cocoa, fruitcake and dried tea leaves. The softly layered tannins and fresh acidity follow all the way to the med-long finish. Lingering flavours of black raspberries, prunes and new leather remain on the finish. Secondary complexities persist in the background of this wine and will continue to develop and integrate over time, a wine to drink with red meats or to age in your cellar.