2004 Sandpiper Merlot
Pretty crimson red in colour. The nose is a lifted bouquet of berry and liquorice fruit, with the added complexity of custard powder oak. The palate is mid weight but full flavoured with sweet blueberry fruit and cinnamon spice. The tannins are typical of Merlot, being velvety and well integrated. There is an amazing length of berry fruit and vanilla oak on the finish
The grapes are crushed and destemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees Celsuis range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into a mix of French and American oak to mature.
12 months in tight grain French and American oak.
The 2004 vintage varied from warm to quite hot resulting in a good size crop, with outstanding quality fruit. The grapes were ripe, but quite small thereby producing wines of intense colour and flavour.
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