Elephant In The Room Merlot (6pk)
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Grape Variety: 90% Merlot, 10% Shiraz
Region: 100% Limestone Coast
Winemaker: Corey Ryan
Pack Size: 6 Bottle Pack
Summary: The Elephant in the Room wines are proudly large in scale and expansive in flavour. Ignoring fashion and braving the scorn “wine thought police” Elephant in the Room was created to give consumers exactly what they want – full bodied and mouth-filling wines that deliver maximum pleasure. Each wine is sourced from slow-ripening cool climate vineyards in the Limestone Coast of South Australia and partially matured in French Oak before final blending and bottling by Corey Ryan.
Vineyards: Sourced from established vineyards in the cooler limestone coast of South Australia’s South East corner. The consistent daily temperatures and cooler nights combine to ensure the retention of natural acidity in the elegant fruit harvested whilst promoting long, slow flavour development.
Winemaking: Partially hand harvested before de-stemming primarily in closed fermenters with pump overs with a portion of open fermenters., All components blended post fermentation before two thirds were matured in stainless steel and one third was matured in French oak for nine months before bottling with minimal fining, filtration and sulphur addition.
Vintage 2018: Careful vineyard management is always required at the best of times but particularly in 2018 for the Limestone Coast as early November frosts caused a considerable reduction in yield. The timing of the frost event was okay from a ripening perspective and with a consistent and even temperature of the subsequent few months the fruit that remained developed beautifully with great bright flavours and fine, fresh acidity. Indeed 2018 is looking very good across all of the State of South Australia.
Tasting Note: This Merlot is a medium boded but full-flavoured wine with text book cooler vintage Merlot characters of dark berry fruit with bright colours and youthful flavours. The palate has a plushness and tight, fine tannin structure and fresh acidity tying it all together. Red and black fruits are the hall mark with subtle leaf and milk chocolate notes.