2016 Fermoy Estate Merlot Quarterly
Varietals (%’s): 88% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 2% Shiraz
Appearance: Rich plum red with black tints.
Aroma: A core of sweet blue and black fruits – cherry, blueberry and plum intertwine with savoury notes of black olive, dark chocolate and herbal spice.
Palate: Blueberries and plum fruits on the mid-palate lead to a rich and savoury back palate of black olive, aromatic herbs and tobacco spice. Oak notes of dark chocolate and cedar spice add complexity and intrigue, while a bright acid line provides sweetness, structure and length to the finish.
Oak Detail: 18 months maturation in a combination of new (35%) and seasoned French oak barriques – using a selection of Bordeaux coopers.
Cellaring: Tannins are sufficiently integrated to allow for immediate drinking, however will continue to develop and evolve over the next 10 years
Alcohol Volume: 14.0%
Acidity: pH 3.53; TA 6.1g/L
Residual Sugar: <1.0g/L
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