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.
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.
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.