BELL TOWER MERLOT
Lifted cherry and mulberry characters with hints of herb and spice notes.
A thick sweet round entry, very approachable with dark mulberry and fresh plum fruit flavours.
Grapes are picked on both colour and flavour development, then crushed and fermented for 7-10 days at approximately 20 degrees. Small open top fermenters are used with hand pumping over and returns to ensure optimum extraction of tannins and colour. The ferment is then softly pressed using an airbag press, so we do not extract the bitter tannin, producing a fruit driven style of wine. Once pressed the wine is allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation. Further complexity is added by maturation in French and American oak for 9-12 months. No animal products used for fining or filtration. Vegan Friendly.
Best Value Buy under $20 – Winestate Magazine, July/August 2016
McLaren Vale Merlot of the Year – 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition
4.5 Stars – Winestate July/August 2017
“Good fruit cake-like bouquet and huge grippy tannins on the big and powerful jammy palate. Prominent acid finish.” – Winestate Magazine, July/August 2016
“Dark plumy fruit fragrances and a fleshy, well rounded palate, with excellent, slightly sweet, varietal fruit expression and lovely line of fine tannins.” – Winestate July/August 2017