test Brookman Merlot 2015 | Clarendon Hills

Brookman Merlot 2015


  • Description

    Colour: Deep Crimson

    Nose: Low lying blackcurrant and chocolate melds with raisin, leather and characters to produce a distinctively old world style Merlot. Impregnated liquorice and chocolate cake flavours offers depth to the creamy cassis and blackcurrant fruits.

    Palate: Still a substantial amount of firmness tying up the mid palate but an enduring cassis flavour and impeccable balance promises substantial future extension.

    Alcohol: 14.1%

  • Reviews (3)
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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+.


      eRobertParker.com- 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

    3. Alex Bratasiuk

      2018 Wine Advocate

      The ripest, richest and most approachable of the Merlots is the 2015 Brookman Merlot. Hints of mocha, chocolate and cedar join the cherry fruit on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, velvety-textured wine. It should be drinkable soon, yet it’s capable of aging for another decade.

      93 Points

      Joe Czerwinksi, Wine Advocate 2018 Interim September Edition

  • 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 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 47 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% Merlot
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 2020-2050
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.1% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.6
    PRODUCTION: 7,750 Bottles
    WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk

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