Merlot Beechworth Victoria
Established with a view to crafting nothing but the very finest, a helping hand from the eminent team at neighbouring Giaconda has kindly imparted wisdom and knowledge along with a few trade secrets to help transform Star Lane's dedicated efforts into wines of elegance, distinction and finesse. Mr Barnes manages the vineyard and Mrs Barnes makes the wine. A block of vines planted to red loam over mudstone soils, yields a concentrated palate that's the essence of Merlot, featuring lush black fruit characters, laced with florals, violet and plum.
The two Star Lane vineyards are slightly sloping and offer views stretching across the hills which encircle the valley. At 450 metres above sea level the evenings are cooled by mountain breezes, while the days are long and sun filled. This creates a fantastic environment for growing grapes. The cool evenings allow for a long slow ripening period as the Merlot develops wonderful flavours and the sunny days allow for the fruit to mature, ripen and develop. Grapes are all hand picked and great care is taken to ensure that only the best bunches are placed into the bucket. Merlot is picked throughout the cool of the evening and the yields are kept to 1.8 tonne per acre so the vines can remain in perfect balance.
Deep plum red colour. Plums on the bouquet with wood spice, violets and rose petal dominating the nose. A sweet fruit attack makes strong initial impact. Textural, creamy and rolling on the palate courtesy of fine fruit and cedary oak tannins that pull the fruit, give structure and balance to the sweet black fruits.