5th Generation | Merlot
As a fifth Generation Vigneron this range pays homage to the winemaking endeavours of Grant’s forefathers whilst showcasing the exemplary fruit and unrivalled quality which only the Barossa can produce.
All of the 5th Generation wines have been sourced from site specific, premium vineyard sites. The whites come from cooler, site specific vineyards, some from old vines (Semillon 99 and 65 year old) . All the white ferments have had extended lees contact, with some parcels matured in French oak. The reds are also from site specific, premium quality vineyards.
The 2013 Barossa vintage produced a cool, dry winter and well below average rainfall all leading to below average fruit set and smaller berry sizes. The resulting low yields produced high quality wines which have great colour, aromatics and ripe fruit characters all balanced by a superb tannin structure.
The fruit was crushed and de-stemmed prior to being fermented in stainless steel tanks for 7 days on skins with three pump overs a day to exact colour and tannin. Malolactic fermentation occurred in tank before 16 months oak maturation in American and European puncheons (500 litres).
This medium bodied plummy red wine with garnet hues, has perfumed aromas of dark plum and cherries with hints of vanilla. The palate is soft and silky yet richly flavoured with sweet spices and fruit, while the pleasingly textural tannins draw this silky wine through to a long flavoursome finish. Drinking well now, this wine can be carefully cellared for 3 to 5 years. Merlot is a
great match to tomato based pasta and mushroom dishes.