- 92 points, James Halliday
- Rich and complex
- Classic Coonawarra
Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2013 x12
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Roast lamb rump with mint jelly.
50% New French Oak
Deep red in colour with a bright hue.
The bouquet is rich and complex with hints of violets, red berries and a fragrant aroma of creamy vanillin oak and Coonawarra's unique earthiness.
Medium bodied with tight chalky acid accompanied by wild berry flavours and a complex leafiness. The tight grained French oak is assertive but will become more integrated and complex as the wine ages and enhances the earthiness and savouriness of the wine. A firm yet balance tannin structure matches the refinement and elegance of the wine.
The balance is a key in all Penley wines - balance with power and grace. This ensures that our wines will mature successfully in the bottle. Each wine will reflect this, but will also display seasonal variations and the regional influence that Coonawarra will have on the overall style. Heading down tanks, barrel fermentation in 50% new French oak and regular racking for clarity ensures a refined style. Picked at maximum flavour development, but keeping the exquisite style that is a feature of Coonawarra and Merlot's natural character. Barrel fermented using a mix of French oak producers and forests, to provide complexity, while maintaining Penley's hallmark integration. Fermentation takes 7-10 days at temperatures of 15-18oC to maintain flavour profile. Circulation through traditional "heading down" tanks (open fermenters, with submerged caps) helps maximise colour, flavour and tannin extraction, achieving delicacy of fruit characters, great richness of palate, and softness of tannins. 2013 had an early beginning to vintage due to the dry and warm summer. While the weather was dry, a warm summer with the occasional hot day mixed in prevailed and most nights were cool. Autumn was warm to mild along with some cold nights. Overall the quality for our 2013 vintage was high. Soft tannins and low acidity will provide the foundation for medium-term bottle age of 1-5 years. However, maturation is quite subjective and will vary from palate to palate. Experience has shown that bottle age, even small amounts on our Merlot, shows distinct improvement in balance and flavour development.
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