2007 Sandpiper Merlot
Deep red in colour. The nose has clean ripe blackcurrant fruit with nuances of liquorice, mint and chocolate oak characters. The palate is medium bodied with an abundance of rich, sweet fruit. Blueberry, raspberry and chocolate pudding fill the palate bringing depth and complexity. Very evenly balanced mouth-filling palate, with mid-weight tannins combining together to give a great length.
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 Celcius 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.
2007 vintage was a mild growing season with very low crops resulting in wines with good colour and flavour that achieved optimum ripeness.
Trophy - Best Merlot of Show at 2010 Royal Qld Wine Show
Gold at 2010 Royal Qld Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Qld Wine Show
James Halliday 2010 Wine Companion
90 Points; ‘Good hue and depth; a rich, rollicking, juicy red wine which has immediate appeal, and just enough savoury tannins to express varietal flavour. Value’
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