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2015 Single Block Series Merlot

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The Frogmore Creek single block series are estate harvested wines collected in boutique quantities from our vineyard in the Coal River Valley of Tasmania. Each wine showcases the depth and elegance of the Tasmanian cool climate terroir and individually highlights our ability to produce exceptional wines across a range of varietals.

2015 Single Block Series Merlot


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Alcohol: 13.6%
ρH: 3.53
Total Acidity: 6.9 g/L


Winemakers: John Bown, Alain Rousseau

Blackcurrant and cedar aromas. The palate is tight with silky tannin, plenty of ripe berry fruits.


After a good spring, which was not too wet, flowering started in the 3rd week of November 2014. Following on from this, there were two consecutive weeks where the temperature was cool, around 10˚c at night, reaching 20˚c during the day. We had a few intermittent drizzly days and the flowers were slow to pollinate and therefore slower at the start. The wet weather resulted in some vineyards having up to 40% of non-fertilized berries resulting in millerandage (hen and chicken bunches) that contain berries that differ in size and maturity. By the end of December, the weather became warmer and this continued through to the third week of January. During the warmer weather, the vineyard had a few days of good rainfall (92mm of rain in December, 67 mm in January), followed by a dry February and March with temperatures in the low twenties. As a result, the vintage started early at the end of February 2015, the first sparkling grapes were harvested under sunny and moderate temperatures. The rest of the grapes slowly ripened fruit to maturity in early April. The 2015 vintage volume is moderate with excellent quality, powerful flavours, and attractive colour for the Reds.


Variety: 100% Merlot
Region: 100% Coal River Valley, Southern Tasmania

Whole bunch carbonic fermentation for 7 days then de-stemmed and fermented in bins until dryness. Pressed then barrelled in French oak. Matured in wood for 16 months.


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