Sugar at Harvest: 23.3°Brix
Date of Harvest: Early April 2021
pH of Wine: 3.49
T.A of Wine: 5.9g/L
The fruit was harvested in early April 2021 and was fermented in stainless steel open top fermenters over a two week period. The fermenting grapes were plunged twice daily throughout fermentation to help extract colour, tannin and to build structure into the wine.
The young wine was drained to oak barrels immediately following primary fermentation to begin malolactic fermentation. It was aged in one, two and three year old French barriques for an extended period. The final wine was blended, stabilised and bottled in December 2022.
The 2021 Old Coach Road Merlot is a chunky generous wine with plenty of rich berry fruit, smokey toasty oak, all framed by reasonably broad tannins. The wine is hearty and can be enjoyed over the coming few years.