ELGIN VINTNERS MERLOT
Wine of Origin Elgin
The 2016 Elgin Vintners Merlot is our twelfth vintage. It has long been the belief of the Elgin Vintners team that Merlot is well suited to the Elgin Valley. Experience has taught us that Merlot does not like moisture stress during the summer ripening period. Elgin is blessed (and sometimes cursed) with small amounts of rainfall throughout the hot summer months of December through to March. This allows the Merlot vineyards to slowly and steadily ripen their grapes without any stress.
The Merlot grapes (Clone Mo 343 and 348) were sourced from a BWI Champion farm Elgin Orchards, situated in the Elgin Biosphere. Extensive leaf plucking early in the season is seen as a paramount to avoid “green” tannins sometimes associated with this variety.
The Merlot grapes were vinified in the traditional manner. The grapes received a cold soak of 5 days at 8° C. The WE372 yeast strain was selected to facilitate fermentation. There was no extended maceration after fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was completed in tank.
The wine was then transferred to 225 lit French oak barriques where it matured for 18 months. The new wood component was 37%