Pooles Rock Cockfighters Ghost Merlot 2012 CONFIRM 2012 VINTAGE

Merlot Orange New South Wales
Cockfighter was a horse who met with an untimely death, his ghost haunts a billabong but the tale would be long forgotten if it wasn't for the award winning team at Pooles Rock. Merlot vines thrive on the New South Wales central ranges, where the cool, slow ripening climes of the up and coming Orange winegrowing district yields some of Australia's finest fruit. In keeping with its provenance, Cockfighter's Ghost is profuse with the rich blueberry plum and varietal spice characters of Merlot, all supported by an exquisite, soft and lingering tannin frame.
The team at Cockfighter's Ghost work closely with growers to employ the most exacting standards of viticulture, essential for healthy fruit and ensuring consistent yields of the finest grapes. A pure Merlot wine sourced off vines planted to the cool ripening climes of Orange in the central ranges of New South Wales. Grapes are promptly transported to the estate wineworks at Pokolbin for immediate crushing and pressing throughout the cool of night to retain maximum freshness. Parcels are vinified in temperature controlled fermenters to a regimen which achieves maximum extraction of colour, flavours and tannin. The finished wine is matured eighteen months in a selection of small French oak barrels. Alcohol 13.5%
Dark red in colour. Spicy ripe plum, mulberry and currant aromas seasoned by hints of drying herbal spice. The palate is rich with spicy plum and ripe mulberry flavours. Hints of vanillin oak lead to a sweet dark chocolate tannin finish. The ideal accompaniment to lamb and scalloped potato or a crispy roast duck with root vegetables and thyme.
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