Merlot Adelaide Hills South Australia
After several decades of crafting Australia's most memorable vintages, Mike Press is more sanguine than ever that great wine can only come from the finest vineyards. His dedicated hands on approach means that he is personally involved in every stage of the winemaking, from pruning the vines and inspecting grapes, right to plunging the ferments and bottling his finished wine. An apprentice of the great Max Schubert, Mike Press made history in 2006 for coming within a whisper of the Jimmy Watson Trophy with an unlabelled cleanskin wine.
The secret to the peerless quality of Mike Press wines lies in a closely nurtured vineyard, several decades of viticultural experience and a commitment to the joy of winemaking. He established his homestead Kenton Valley vineyard in 1998 to focus on growing the finest Adelaide Hills fruit. The choice site was chosen for its cool climate and altitude of 500 metres, a rainfall, terroir and clime not dissimilar to Bordeaux, it yields extraordinary harvests of Merlot. Parcels are treated to a traditional maceration and vinification, followed by transfer to a selection of French and American oak hogsheads for a judicious term of maturation.
Bright scarlet hues. Plum and bramble nose, supple baking spice, cassis and varietal leaf. The palate is drenched with berries, blackberry, raspberry and strawberries, seasoned by dusty spice, a round luscious mouthfeel, cossetted by supple carob oak and supported by pliant licorice tannins. Drinking amazingly upon release, will evolve marvelous seamlessness and complexity over time.