Merlot Heathcote Macedon Victoria
Perched atop the spectacular boulder strewn hills of the Great Dividing Range, the Granite Hills property lies to the northern extremity of the Macedon Ranges, along a route taken by Burke and Wills on their fateful journey. At 550 metres, it is one of the highest elevation vineyards in Australia. Established in 1970, a small block of Merlot thrives under the cool ripening climes. A backbone of limited yield, estate growm Merlot is vinified alongside choice parcels, hand selected from good vineyards at Heathcote.
Granite Hills can lay claim to the oldest vines on the Macedon Ranges, their roots have reached well down into the old, granitic sandy loam soils. It's the excellent drainage and low fertility attributes of the soils at Granite Hills that are so beneficial to the balance of the vine, keeping the yields low and quality of grapes high. This clean vineyard theme is reinforced by exposure to the prevailing winds, which tends to lower any humidity and disease pressures while naturally limiting yields. Hand pruning, meticulous vineyard management and selective hand picking is employed to ensure only the fully ripened grapes ever enter the winery. Matured in a selection of seasoned French and American oak barrels for a year.
Ruby purple colour. Warm toasty oak aromas are supported by ripe Merlot fruit, chocolates and cassis. The palate is full but soft, showing sweet spice and a supple tannin structure. Made to be enjoyed immediately upon release yet will continue to evolve nicely in the medium term. Perfect with lamb and a treat alongside your favourite recipe of shepherd's pie.