2017
ELGEE PARK

Elgee Park Cabernet Merlot

Harvested from the Mornington Peninsula’s oldest vines, planted in 1972, shows aromas of cassis, aniseed & dark chocolate. The palate shows 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.

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VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon 80% & Merlot 20%

REGION

Mornington Peninsula

HARVESTED

20th April & 7th April 2017

PLANTED

1972

ALCOHOL

13% Vol

COLOUR

Crimson

BOUQUET

Aromas of cassis, aniseed & dark chocolate.

WINEMAKER

Geraldine McFaul at Willow Creek vineyard

PALATE

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.

VINTAGE

The 2017 harvest was relatively late compared to preceding vintages, so picking was during the mild and sunny Autumn. The berries show intense perfume and great flavour which has produced exceptional balanced wines.

WINEMAKING

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.