Brookman Merlot 2013


  • Description

    Colour: Deep Crimson

    Nose: Low lying blackcurrant and chocolate melds with pungent earthy truffle characters to produce a distinctively Pomerol styled Merlot. Impregnated liquorice and chocolate cake flavours offers fleshy, cassis and blackcurrant intensity. Its balance of freshness with savoury like flavours keeps the viewer engaged.

    Palate: Still a substantial amount of firmness tying up the mid palate but he enduring flavours and balance promise substantial future extension.

    Alcohol: 14.1%

  • Reviews (2)
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    1. cru

      Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Brookman Vineyard Merlot offers aromas of warm plums and macerated blackberries with hints of mulberries, cloves and spice cake plus a whiff of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, well-balanced and savory in the mouth, it has a medium level of chewy tannins, bright acid and finishes with good length. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2019+.

      90/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown (February, 2013)

    2. cru

      Deeply coloured, with a dark and brooding personality; essency black fruits, fruitcake, black olive and cedary oak notes blend on the bouquet; the palate is muscular and tannic, with a slight bitter edge to the finish, that should resolve with time.

      Drink by: 2022
      Date tasted: 18/1/2013

      91/100. James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

  • Winemakers Notes

    REGION: Clarendon, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale and 250 metres higher above sea level. We pick 2-3 weeks later than McLaren Vale and enjoy longer, milder, more consistent ripening conditions.

    CONDITIONS: Favourable 2009 winter rains were shadowed by bright sunny conditions in Spring. The healthy environment encouraged the
    vines to respond in retaliation to the prior vintages’ lowered crop levels. The vines shot fruit that looked healthy and was in abundance from day one. The consistent mild growing season saw fruit ripen earnestly. An unusual early veraison paved the way for continued steady development. Bunch thinning was was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstanding. The Brookman vineyard is dry grown in heavy clay soils. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit.

    WINEMAKING: Old, dry grown 67 y/o vines are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.

    MATURATION: 18 months, 85% brand new, tight-grained French Oak. 15% hierarchy of 1-4 year old barrels. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team.

    GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 20012-2030
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.1% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.6
    PRODUCTION: 7,750 Bottles
    WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk

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