2008 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 Celsius 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 2008 saw ideal, warm and dry growing conditions. These weather conditions resulted in fruit ripening to ideal levels and without disease pressure. The red wines from the 2008 vintage all display luscious fruit and soft approachable tannins, making them great for drinking now or mid term cellaring propositions.
Bronze at 2010 New Zealand International Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Perth Wine Show
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, 26 October 2010
4.5* 'Many people are unsure of what to expect from a Merlot. Authentic varietal character drives this Barossa version via a soft nose of mulberries, plums, raspberries and gentle spice, backed up by a succulent, fresh, medium bodied palate. Soft supple tannins back it up well'
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