Brookman Merlot 2015
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.
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
BEST DRINKING: 2020-2050
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.1% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.6
PRODUCTION: 7,750 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk