The 2018 Merricks Pinot Noir is a supple and savoury wine, dangerously drinkable from start to finish. Its juicy personality is packed with spiced cherry, grenadine, subtle nettle and classy wood spice. All leading to a lingering, perfumed finish and a lick of fine tannin.
Sourced from the Merricks Grove vineyard, the fruit for this wine was hand-sorted twice and fermented in two ways: one fermenter of whole berries and another of 100% whole bunches. These two portions were then blended together. Both fermentations were natural with a reasonably long maceration and yet gentle extraction—light pump-overs and a few gentle plunges. The wine matured in 300-litre hogsheads (roughly 20% new). Spent eleven months on lees before bottling, unfiltered.