PENNY'S HILL 'MALPAS ROAD' MERLOT 2014

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THE WINE

Grown on the black Bay of Biscay soils of Malpas Road Vineyard, Penny’s Hill Merlot is a wine of great subtlety, fine tannin structure and a rich, smooth, dark fruit palate.

THE VINEYARDS

Planted in 1991 and added to the Penny’s Hill estate vineyard group in 1993, Malpas Road is named after the pioneering Malpas family who held lands in the district originally referred to as ‘Bay of Biscay’, an obvious reference to the relatively infertile cracking, grey-black soil upon which our hand-tended four acre Merlot patch does its work. The fissures which occur as the black soil cracks apart sever surplus root growth, a process which naturally lessens vigour and enhances ultimate grape quality.

VINIFICATION

Destemmed then crushed this single parcel of Merlot grapes was fermented on skins for 7 days prior to pressing. Fermentation was completed in a combination of 1 to 5 year old French oak and wine was matured in barrel for 18 months prior to blending. Wine was bottled in October 2015.

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CLOSURE
Screw Cap

COLOUR
Dark cherry red with bright hues

BOUQUET
A lifted bouquet of cherry and dark berry fruits supported by an abundance of spices and earthy notes.

PALATE
This generous wine, abundant with juicy dark fruit characters is perfectly balanced with fine supple tannins and a soft, round finish.

GRAPE VARIETY
Merlot

GROWING REGION
McLaren Vale

DATE BOTTLED
28 October 2015

% ALCOHOL
14.5%

ACIDITY
6.67 g/L

pH
3.38

 

 

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