A Red Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse when the light filtering through the Earth’s atmosphere dapples the moon in red light.
Medium red with purple tinges in colour, the bouquet has ripe plum, rose and violet aromas backed by a touch of vanillin oak. The palate has an attractive blend of rich plum, cherry and spice flavours. Marvellously balanced wine that is backed by soft tannis. A delicious and pure fruit-driven wine.
This Merlot is a medium bodied but full-flavoured wine with textbook 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 characteristics with subtle leaf and chocolate notes filling out the long finish. Great with meat dishes as well as dark chocolate desserts.
Fruit power is the hallmark of this blend, dark berry fruits and some sage adding a background herbal lift. Christmas cake mixed spice and oak is evident but all in balance with the fruit. Beautiful fruit, a bright acid drive and tannins that form a solid foundation for the long future. Brooding but not intimidating, this will be exciting to watch evolve.
All hand harvested and processing across a sorting table, only the very best berries go into this wine. The Cabernet fruit is crushed to build structure through fermentation. Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot are whole berry ferments for fragrance and palate flesh. All fermented in half-tonne fermenters and hand plunged twice daily, some of the Cabernet spending extended time on skins for complexity. Components kept separate in French oak barrels, only 40% of them new until being blended just before bottling after 15 months barrel maturation.
The first plantings at Yarra Yering into block No.1 were these Cabernet vines and the name was born. The Malbec was also part of the original 1969 plantings. Some Merlot vines are inter-planted with the Cabernet with subsequent plantings made in 1990 on the newly acquired neighbouring land. Petit Verdot is now only grown on the hillside of the new territories.
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