Merlot Pemberton Western Australia
The fortuitous vines grown to Pemberton's balmy climes, are encouraged by the lofty karri tree blossoms to yield harvests of the cleanest, disease free Merlot grapes, intense with ripe cherry plum flavours and infused by the piquant cologne of local gums. Castelli make a Merlot that articulates the influence of Pemberton's unique mesoclimes, its lifted bush floral characters, velvet tannins and splendid French oak, make a match to the finest gourmandise, game bird recipes, pâtés, pork and veal terrines or emmentaler gratin.
Pemberton was established to viticulture in 1982, its relative youth as a winegrowing region has a yielded a succession of the most outstanding vintages. Castelli's strict regimen of close canopy management achieves harvests brimming with fully ripenend flavours. Fruit is crushed and held for a term of cold soak, inoculated to yeast strains F15 and FX10, followed by a rather warm vinification for a fortnight on skins at temperatures of 25°C to 30°C. Ferments are treated to pump overs twice daily, gentle tannin extractions and a course or two of rack returns. Upon completion, batches are transferred to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for a judicious spell of maturation. Alcohol 14.2%