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Mount Difficulty are a commune of growers, established 1998 within the elite dress circle of Central Otago vineyards. Propitiously placed around the ancient goldfields of Cromwell Basin, their harvests had long been called upon for bottling under the labels of New Zealand's most conspicuous brands. Launched as a limited release of small batch, single block vintages, the co operative of accomplished growers, has evolved through critical acclaim and word of mouth, into a formidable range of Central Otago, defined by their excellence and exquisite eloquence of.. Venerable vignerons of the very deep south»

Fraser Gallop Cabernet Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Margaret River Western Australia
Fraser Gallop have successfully tamed the assertive tannins of sanguine Margaret River Cabernet with the inherent palate richness of the gentler Merlot. From unirrigated blocks yielding concentrated fruit, treated to the latest Turbo pigeur technologie from France, a lavish process which can pump whole intact grapes without grinding pulp and skins, leading to better homogenisation and extraction, translating into a wine of great vigor. Offers the structure for extended cellaring if you can resist it's abundant charms today.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$299.00
Hand picked fruit is destemmed with minimal crushing to keep the berries whole. Chilled to 8C for cold soaking into closed fermenters, designed with a one-to-one ratio of height and length, just great for colour and flavour extraction. The ferments are pumped over daily using a turbopiguer. On skins for ten days, tasted regularly to monitor tannin, before pressing off skins through an airbag tank press. Pumped to French oak barriques from a number of Bordeaux cooperages for malolactic, barrels are racked twice over ten months maturation and development. Treated to fining trials for essessment of the final balance, Fraser Gallop is bottled unfined after a cross flow filtration.
Bright crimson, ruby hues. A nose of red fruits and plum, mulberry and cranberry, floral notes and violet, the trademark Wilyabrup Cabernet dustiness over subtle oak adds complexity. The palate is soft and approachable with juicy plum and pomegranate flavours. Consistent, grainy tannins not unlike the astringency of cranberry juice. Background oak allows the fruit to shine, acidity and alcohol levels are in balance.
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