2019 Merron's Vineyard Pinot Noir
With its elevated setting in Red Hill and relatively steep north-east facing slope, Merron’s Vineyard has a strong personality and unique peaceful charm. With the vines now in excess of 20 years old, it seems like another nuance of fruit character appears with each season. Yielding a very balanced 5.1 tonnes/ha, fruit from the vineyard was hand-picked on March 22nd and fermented in open 2 tonne fermenters (including 5 days cold soak). The pressed wine was then matured in French oak puncheons (25% new) for 9 months, with selected barrels racked and blended prior to bottling.
It is hard to avoid Old World wine comparisons (in a good way) with Merron’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, particularly with this 2019 release. Aromas of seductive dark red roses with brooding ironstone and red cherry are complemented with some nice toasty oak at this young stage. The palate features abundant tannins throughout its profile, filled with generously rounded red-black fruits, contributing to a formidable structure and palate density that should be a delight to see evolve over the next 5 years or more.