The Exhibitionist Merlot, Barossa Valley 2016
Once in a while you meet someone larger than life itself. Someone who has no fear and is not afraid to let you know just how great they think they are. Someone that, really deep down and against your better judgement, you can’t help but admire. You’re dealing with The Exhibitionist.
As has become the norm, Vintage 2016 was anything but normal. Early bud-burst followed by a dry Spring suggested that this was going to be another El Nino influenced year. Very late frosts in the Hills followed by very warm weather in January confused the situation but by late January it was clear that this would be an early vintage. Barossa Valley produced wines of great colour and fruit brightness.
Precise varietal expression and balance are what we seek to achieve and so picking time is of utmost importance. We pick just as flavours are approaching their peak rather than let them get over-ripe. We retain whole berries in the ferment for vibrancy and we press relatively early to avoid astringent tannins.
Total Acidity: 6.05g/l
Residual Sugar: <1g/l