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Sandhill Merlot 2015

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Sandhill Estate Vineyard

Sandhill Merlot 2015

Garnet colour with a bouquet of blue plum, ripe black cherry, sweet baking spice and chocolate.
This medium to full-bodied wine has soft silky tannins, good structure and moderate acidity.
A fruit-forward palate of juicy plum, cherry and currant.
Tangy red and black berries, with a touch of spice and black tea notes linger on the finish.
Enjoy with grilled steaks and sautéed mushrooms; duck breast with a rich red wine reduction; prime rib and Yorkshire pudding; gourmet burgers topped with mushrooms, roasted red peppers and 2 year old Canadian cheddar; rack of lamb with Dijon rosemary crust.

After a succession of cooler vintages, the 2013 growing season created considerable excitement throughout the valley. Although June experienced slightly wetter and cooler conditions, the summer months of July, August and early September saw warm, sunny weather. Late September ushered in cooler wetter weather; and while October was dry, the cooler conditions assisted in providing balanced acidity levels. Look for big red wines with ripe fruit flavours and well-integrated tannins. White wines will show fruit-forward aromatics with richer, rounder mouth-feel. An above average to excellent vintage.

“Our goal is a well structured Merlot with great finesse. This is achieved through a great vineyard with great grapes and gentle handling of the fruit during the winemaking process. We want you to taste the Sandhill Estate Vineyard in the glass. Moderately warm temperatures through 2013 has given fully ripened fruit with a rich tannin profile”
Critical Acclaim

Wine Making Loose crush, gentle but complete extraction of the fruit. Warm fermentation. Aged 16 months in American and French oak barrels.
Wine Analysis Alcohol 14.0% Dryness Code 0 Sugar 0.4 g/litre TA 6.54 g/litre Cellaring Enjoy now to 2017 Release Date August 2015 Cases Produced 1220

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