Merlot McLaren Vale South Australia
Fox Creek began to flow when a group of medicos decided to realize a lifelong passion and create the best possible wines out of bare earth and sunshine. The Fox Creek vineyards were established from the ground up to be the most environmentally friendly, whilst the vines themselves are spoiled with attention. The superlative quality of Fox Creek begins with an exacting pruning of vines to achieve smaller yields of the most intense fruit. A McLaren Vale flagship with significant awards including gold medals Mondial du Merlot and International Wine Challenge.
Fruit is harvested off vines planted to well drained sandy loam soils. Two unique clones of Merlot, which are quite new in Australia, grow very well in McLaren Vale, making wine with a bigger bouquet and flavour, as well as finishing with finer tannins than what has been traditionally produced from D3V14. Each individual vineyard parcel and clone is handled separately throughout the fermentations and ageing until final assemblage. Grapes are vinified for eight to ten days on skins, most components complete their ferments in a selection of predominantly older oak hogsheads. Samplings are taken barrel by barrel to ensure that only the best are included into the finished wine. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep red with a ruby rim. Red cherry nose with a hint of musk, earthy with a hint of bracken and a heady mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and toast. Bright red cherries, blackberry, plums and quince fill a luscious mid palate, all framed by elegant, textural grape and oak tannins. A serious construct of Merlot in which balance is the key. Decanting a Fox Creek for one to two hours prior to service is highly recommended.