2011 Sandpiper Merlot
Mid red in colour. This nose has clean ripe blackcurrant fruit with nuances of liquorice, mint and subtle oak characters. The palate is medium bodied with an abundance of rich, sweet fruit including blueberry, raspberry and chocolate pudding fill the palate adding 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 de-stemmed 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.
This vintage had a cool, slow ripening period which has in turn produced elegant red wines.
Bronze at 2012 Queensland Wine Show