Merlot Coonawarra South Australia
Coonawarra Merlot is every bit as elegant, fragrant and generously proportioned as the mighty Cabernet, often assembled together for a rounded, softer style of red, Merlot provides a plummy, chamois tannined option when bottled as a pure varietal wine. Majella take their duty to the soil and environment very seriously, they are as fastidious about the health of local flora and fauna, as they are about maintaining the purity and hygiene of their fruit. The dividends come in the form of an immaculate Merlot wine of faultless varietal eloquence and graceful regional charm.
Majella are a quiet Coonawarra achiever, having provided fruit to the most prestigious national brands for decades. They decided to reserve the pick of their crop for bottling under their own estate label and have since established a peerles reputation for quality, consistency and value. Merlot is harvested and vinified before filling to a high proportion of new French oak barrels for completion of ferments, a course of malolactic and fifteen months maturation. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep, brooding red. Perfumed plum and floral nose, strawberry and anise notes over a background of suet cake and cocoa vanilla oak. A very refined and elegant wine, defining the allure of good Merlot fruit throughout the palate, varietal leaf, a little ferrous Coonawarra earthiness and forest floor characters providing interest, smooth plummy tannins in support of the excellent length and finely aromatic finish.