Benchmark | Merlot
Stylish wines from South Australia. Fruit-driven wine with excellent balance, to be enjoyed without years of cellaring.
The 2013 vintage produced exceptional conditions with below average rainfall and a dry spring, resulting in low yields, yet near perfect flavour profiles. This is reflected in the overall quality of all our red wines which have outstanding aromatics, ripe fruit characters and perfectly integrated tannin structures.
The fruit was crushed and de-stemmed, before fermentation could begin in stainless steel tanks for seven days. After malolactic fermentation was complete, a portion of the wine was transferred to older American and French oak hogsheads for maturation for 9 months before blending
Bright red in colour, this medium bodied red has aromas of blueberry, plum and cherry fruit. The palate is soft, with vibrant berry fruit characters balanced by light notes of oak.
Delicious with a variety of grilled meats and tomato based dishes.