Wines of the Month

June 2022 Releases: Merriworth 2019 Traditions Pinot Noir $46 & Mapleton 2019 Pinot Noir $40

June 2022

June 2022 Releases: Merriworth 2019 Traditions Pinot Noir $46 & Mapleton 2019 Pinot Noir $40

Merriworth 2019 Traditions Pinot Noir $46 & Mapleton Vineyard 2019 Pinot Noir $40

Merriworth 2019 Traditions Pinot Noir $46 Our Traditions range is a celebration of traditional winemaking methods that have been employed by winemakers throughout the centuries. Foot-stomped, basket pressed and hand-corked/labelled, Traditions is a true labour of love. These gentle processes extract the essence of the fruit without the harsh tannins from seeds and stalks to produce wines that burst with flavour and supple mouthfeel. Colour: Pale-medium ruby Bouquet: Cherry, Blueberry and violets notes Palate: A full-bodied style that beautifully balances ripe dark cherry fruit with subtle pepper, vanilla and liquorice, generous oak influence with tightly structured tannins and subtle acid. A long finish that keeps giving long after the last drop. This wine has the potential to cellar for 5-10 years. Vineyard The 1.5Ha Home Block vineyard was established in 2001 on a east-north-east facing block at the western edge of the Coal River Valley. The site features free draining dermasol soils over Jurassic dolerite and a dry cool climate ideal for growing premium cool climate grape varieties. 9 clones of pinot noir are planted on 2m wide north-south rows at 1-metre spacing. The 2019 vintage was warm and extremely dry with long sunny days through the Summer and Autumn. Timing of harvest was critical to producing balanced wines in the fast-ripening season. Vinification and maturation From a selection of 4 clones (D5V12, 114, 115 and H7V15) the fruit was hand-picked on 30th March 2019 and fermented in open vats for 10 days. Wine was then pressed by hand (basket press) and matured for 14 months in a mix of new and oneyear French oak. Bottled in June 2020. Technical Details: pH 3.53, ALC 13.5% Release Date: February 2021 Viticulturist/Winemaker Mark McNamara

Mapleton 2019 Pinot Noir $40 Mapleton Vineyard, situated near the hamlet of Tea Tree in the Coal River Valley Wine Region, is owned by the Laing family, Paul and his parents Denis and Kathryn. The vines are grown on what was originally three adjoining properties, Mapleton, Woodlands and Lynwood. The first property, Mapleton, was purchased by Paul in 2004. Paul and Denis had often discussed the idea of planting a vineyard on Mapleton, given its ideal aspects of gently rolling northern facing banks and rich dolomitic soils, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the thoughts became a reality. The first planting of 1 hectare of Pinot noir was initially planned to be followed by a further 4 hectares the following year. An exciting opportunity arose, however, to purchase the neighbouring property known as Woodlands. Woodlands has approximately three of its hectares in vines, the first of which are plantings dating back to 1992.When the Laing family acquired the property the vines had been in a serious state of neglect for many years. Today, after several years of hard work and a lot of TLC the vines are once again producing some truly amazing fruit including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a small amount of Cabernet. Lynwood was purchased six months after Woodlands, and Kathryn and Denis now call that property home. Lynwood has 4 hectares of vines including, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, all planted in 2003. These vines had also been struggling for some time to produce fruit and in 2017 after the first year under new management only a small quantity of Pinot Noir was harvested and bottled. Our 2018 vintage was wholly sourced from Lynwood and yielded a fabulous Pinot Noir, a Pinot Noir Rose, a Chardonnay and a Gold Medal winning Riesling that also won the Trophy for Best 2018 Vintage Wine at the 2018 Tasmanian Wine Show. MAPLETON VINEYARD 2019 Pinot Noir. Vibrant crimson hue. Red and black fruit aromas plus notes of spice and vanilla. Rich upfront varietal flavours flow through onto an intense and sumptuous mid-palate. Glorious gossamer textured and integrated silky tannins dance on a long and harmonious finish. World-class youthful Tasmanian Pinot Noir that is thoroughly enjoyable now plus the structure to reward cellaring Gold medal at the 2022 Tasmanian Wine Show, Class20- Pinot Noir - 2019 vintage (3 year old Pinot Noir Class)


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