2014 Pepper Tree Merlot mini review

Sorry to be a little slow on the updates. Life’s been a bit busy. Dark in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold dark fruits and some plum. On the medium length finish the wine displays nice tannins. I would give it an 88 or so. $22.95 coming to the LCBO in Vintages Nov 11th.

From the winery’s web site:
2015 VARIETAL MERLOT Wrattonbully
Merlot 100%

Individual blocks machine harvested once flavour ripe and destemmed, sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is chilled at the winery and cold soaked for four days before being inoculated. Fermented with M2 yeast in static fermenters for 10-14 days before being pressed off skins. Wines are then racked to oak for 18 months maturation before blending and bottling.

Wrattonbully adjoins the Coonawarra area in the southern part of the Limestone Coast wine zone. The prominent viticultural feature of the area is the series of ancient beach ridges and dunes which run roughly north-south through the area. These ridges are made up of soft crumbly limestone which weathers to produce the red and brown Terra Rossa clay loam soils so highly prized for grape growing. The ridges and dunes have elevations of up to 30m compared with the Coonawarra Terra Rossa ‘high’ of less than 5m. The extra elevation on the Wrattonbully dunes produce the advantage of cold air drainage which reduces the risk of frost during the growing season.


BOTTLING SPECIFICATION pH: 3.43 TA: 6.7 g/l Alc/Vol: 13.9%

An enticing nose of dark plum and red fruits with a spicy lift. The rich, soft palate is rounded with sweet berry fruits and savoury spice. Balanced by subtle oak, the fine tannins provide good length for a silky finish.


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