Elgee Park Cabernet Merlot
Harvested from the Mornington Peninsula’s oldest vines, planted in 1972, shows aromas of cassis, aniseed & dark chocolate. The palate reveals ripe cool climate flavours of blackcurrant and cocoa. The cabernet gives length of flavour, whilst the merlot provides the velvety texture. Matured in French oak for 18 months, these old vines and skilled winemaking contribute to a remarkable wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 75% & Merlot 25%
10th March & 22nd March 2016
Aromas of cassis, aniseed & dark chocolate.
Geraldine McFaul at Willow Creek vineyard
The palate shows ripe cool climate flavours of blackcurrant & cocoa. The cabernet gives length of flavour, whilst the merlot provides the velvety texture. Matured in French oak for 18 months, these old vines and skilled winemaking contribute to a remarkable wine.
2016 – was an unusually dry growing season, daily temperatures were fairly mild. These conditions resulted in the earliest harvest we have ever had. The intensely perfumed grapes make for an excellent balanced wine.
The Merlot was picked before the more tannic Cabernet. Both varieties were de-stemmed and fermented in small open fermenters with hand plunging used to macerate the cap and extract colour and tannin. The Merlot and Cabernet then spent 3 weeks on skins, to allow the tannins to coalesce and become softer, before pressing, blending, and transferring to barrel. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel and the wine was racked twice during maturation. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months, of which 30% were new.