Merlot Strathbogie Victoria
Cabernet and Merlot perform brilliantly on the Strathbogie Ranges. Assembled into a single wine, they capture the heart of suitors in search of a soft, early drinking table red. 490m is an inspired effort by the team at Plunkett Fowles, who consumate the most gratifying wines from within the environment of their high altitude home. A vibrant accord of fruit, supported by the most congenial tannins. Soft and approachable, keen to cultivate your friendship, 490m loves pizza, a shared bowl of pasta or a quiet drink by the fire.
Perched on a hill at the edge of Strathbogie Ranges, the stunning Plunkett Fowles wineworks with its arching roof is a local landmark visible from afar. This sizable operation is the result of a merger between Plunkett Wines, Dominion Wines, and Strathbogie Vintners. The partnership between the Plunkett and Fowles families came together in 2005 with the acquisition of a new and beautiful winery. The Plunketts bring practical ability in making brilliant wine with their skill at vinification techniques, Fowles bring a wealth of experience in the arts of management. Following the harvest and crush, inoculation and vinification, 490m was treated to a term of age and development in a combination of tightly grained oak barrels.
Bright scarlet colour. Rich and dense bouquet, complex aromas of liquorice and ripe plum, cherries and chocolate, violets and spice. Essentially dry on the palate but is rich with sweet fruit characters, damson and black cherry, blueberry, brambles and cassis. 490m is supported by a length of ripe tannins, kept invigorating and vital by refreshingly light acids. To accompany veal tortellini or eggplant, mushroom and spinach lasagna.