Merlot Coonawarra South Australia
Leconfield take aim each year to construct a fragrant, mouth filling Coonawarra Merlot, from grapes infused by the rich terra rosa soils, layered with great depth of flavour and framed by sound structure, in which oak plays an important but not prominent role. Significantly, the vines are in their third decade of productivity and yield a distinctly elegant Merlot wine of great sophistication and exquisite balance, suitably swathed in a robe of fine, silky tannins.
Since inaugural release, Leconfield have been driven by the philosophy that great wines can only come from great vineyards. Merlot grapes are harvested off exclusively estate grown vines, including clone V3D14, planted 1974, 1982 and 1990 to Coonawarra's reddest Terra rossa soils. After a detailed hand clean up which follows the initial machine pruning, grapes are crushed and juices inoculated, initiating tthe ferments and a term of three weeks resting on sedimentery yeast lees. Following completion of malolactic, Leconfield is treated to fifteen months in a combination of new and prior use French and American oak hogsheads and barriques. Alcohol 14.0%
Vibrant youthful red colour. Powerful sweet fruit bouquet enhanced by integrated, cedar oak. An elegant, yet full flavoured Merlot, a concentration of plum, fruit sweetness and persistence expected from Coonawarra with fine long silky tannins. To accompany twice cooked duckling and modern Asian cuisine.