Wildstreak Merlot

Wildstreak Merlot

2017 Merlot
Hunter Valley, NSW

Opulent blackberry and mocha aromas with an elegant spice note.

From $28 per bottle

Wine Details

Region
Hunter Valley
Vintage
2017
Type
Red Wine
Variety
Merlot
Volume
750mL
Alcohol Volume
13%
PH
3.34
Acidity
6.1
Maturation
18 months - 2 and 3 year old barrels
Closure
Screw Cap
Bottling Date
3 Dec 2018
Background
Ironbark Hill Vineyard, Hunter Vallley
Vineyard Notes
A mild December led to an extremely hot start to the year, with the following Summer months exceeding the 40-degrees on various days. This extreme heat meant the fruit continued a balanced and long ripening period. These conditions coupled with minimal rainfall created excellent picking conditions, allowing the harvesting of pristine fruit and with no mud under foot. Rainfall in late January allowed for some relief and a short cool change was welcomed to allow the vines to hydrate, followed by another spike in temperature with the long hot days continuing well into February. These hot and dry conditions have resulted in superb quality fruit and equally higher yields.
Winemaking
Damien Stevens | Peter Drayton Cold Soaked in Open fermenter for 2 days - plunged daily. Allowed to warm prior to yeast addition. Cultured Yeast - RX60. Controlled Ferment in open fermenter - plunged 3 times daily - Malo Added. Held on skins for 7 days - juice drained to stainless. Skins to basket press for extraction to tank. Settling and racking in stainless. Transfer to Barrel. Blending from barrel to stainless in October 2018.
Colour
Cherry red with slight brick edge
Bouquet
Opulent blackberry and mocha aromas with an elegant spice note.
Palate
Dense red plums and blackberries fill the palate, guided by savouy french oak tannins to a soft finish.
Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
1-5 years
Food Matches
Grilled chops - veal, pork or lamb - especially with herbs such as thyme and rosemary 

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