Brookman Merlot 2013
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.
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
BEST DRINKING: 20012-2030
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.1% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.6
PRODUCTION: 7,750 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk