Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Barossa Eden South Australia
A collation of parcels grown to good vineyards in the Eden and Barossa Valleys. The elegance of Merlot picked off estate vines on the cooler ripening elevated aspects of Eden, coalesce handsomely with the richness of Cabernet harvested off the Barossa floor. Open canopy management and moderate yields translate into a generously flavoured wine with lovely fragrances and sleek tannins. Mountadam were amongst the first to recognize Eden Valley as a superior mesoclime for the production of quality Merlot, their vines are amongst the finest.
Adam Wynn was the first to recognise the potential of a cool, elevated site to produce wines of great elegance and structure. He chose a property at 550 metres above sea level, a site of quartz rich soils over weathered Schist bedrock, within the loftiest aspects of Valley Eden, which remains to this day the highest productive vineyard in South Australia. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are separately vinified for up to three weeks in open top fermenters while being gently pumped over to treat the fermenting juices back into the skins, extracting flavour and just the right amount of tannins. Upon completion, components are matured in a selection of fine oak barrels to integrate fruit characters and tame the firm Cabernet tannin.
Purple coloured with darker hues. Currants, strawberries and plum seasoned by spicy green leaf Cabernet characters behind the deep blue berry fragrances of good Merlot. A well integrated palate of lively varietal fruit flavours, black cherry, cassis, cocoa and plums supported by subtle hints of vanillin, tobacco and fennel. A dry, lingering finish with fine cleansing acidity makes Mountadam the perfect match to braised beef and wide ribbon tomato pasta.