Cabernet Merlot 2017

Product Code: CM17

Price: $20.00

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2017 Dry Grown Cabernet Merlot
Alcohol 13.5%. a/v
Medium red black. Pretty nose of candied cherry with background currant, spice & cedary oak. Lovely medium bodied style with a spicy red fruit throughout with fresh hints of cola & mint, satiny oak tannins & bright acidity.
Merlot Fruit sourced from our 40 year old 12 hectare Dry Grown Vineyard. Our old vines are not irrigated; Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from neighbouring vineyard. The characteristically cool climate of the district ensures slow ripening of the grapes, which also allows for the development of rich flavour and quality grape juice. Grown on ancient gravely loams, Galafrey harvest their grapes from mid-March to late April depending on the season
While a later than normal start to vintage, it was reminiscent of vintages 10 years ago. It has been so dry in previous years I think we all forgot what it was like to have a wet year! A solid vintage with later ripening than recent years. Low Baume with intense flavours shows promise for the whites and softness for the reds, with high quality fruit being produced. A hard but exciting vintage. Galafrey celebrates with their 40th Vintage this year.
The dry, cool to mild climate of the Great Southern region will produce classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, wines with great depth of flavour and structure. We endeavour through meticulous fruit selection and wine production sympathetic to the vintage conditions to produce a classic well-made wine. Fruit is mechanically harvested ripe and brought into the winery under cool conditions. Pressed into tank and keep on skins for 10 days to allow for the best extractions of flavour and colour. Merlot has 20% whole bunch. Once finished fermentation small French oak integration and finished minimal filtration is given to allow the wine to be at full flavour and expression before bottling.
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