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Located in the warmer Merricks sub-region at an elevation of 55 metres above sea level, with grey loam over clay soil. Arguably the most even performer in the portfolio with hallmark blue fruit characteristics and a sensuous tannin profile.
Cherry red with purple hues.
An intensely aromatic wine with incredible complexity. Lots of blue and red fruit together with ferrous, earth and graphite characters. The fruit is sweet upfront and then a savoury line carries you through to the finish. It’s structured, energetic and compelling.
A highly expressive bouquet, suggesting a period of carbonic maceration pre destemming and/or crushing. The colour is the brightest of the Montalto Pinots, with more purple-crimson. The palate lives up to, if not exceeds, the promise of the bouquet, with whole bunch flavours doing the heavy lifting.
James Halliday, 2020
A little more concentrated and focused than its Red Hill Block sibling, this Merricks Block has stepped it up a notch.
Some sour cherry feels, dashes of strawberry and flashes of plum are ribbed with fine spices. There is an attractive earthiness along with cedar and tannins show a firmish side. Savoury characters pull at the heartstrings and keep drawing me back. A damn fine Pinot.
Drink to eight years+
Steve Leszczynski, 2021
|Small hand-picking crates were used followed by sorting and destemming and an extended period of pre ferment soak (7 days) before wild fermentation. Always a generous and sensuous wine and this year it shows wonderful complexity and drive. 2 tonne open fermenters were used. Ferment temperatures were allowed to peak at 32 degrees Celsius. A post ferment maceration of 6 days followed before pressing. 28% of the blend underwent 10 to 14 days of carbonic maceration before being destemmed into 2 tonne open fermenters where primary wild fermentation was completed. The wine was lightly racked to French oak barriques and puncheons (28% new) for natural malolactic fermentation and 11 months maturation.|