Sublime Yarra fruit from the ’18 vintage.
2017 is the third release of our ‘Hugh’ Merlot. We are overwhelmingly pleased that this wine shows so vividly the Gruyere site we know so well.
This small bottling was our accidental sweet wine that we held in tank should any of the other wines need a tickle of sugar if ferments went too far. As usual the remaining tank looks pretty smart on its own. Just a little more fruit depths and mouthfeel but not heavy or overly sweet. To be consumed before, during or after anything really.
Unusually for an RS this was a blend of first and second pick. First pick went straight to concrete for ferment which is so vivid and riveting, blended with some second pick fermented in large oak, bringing a fine supple texture that veers from the highly recognisable RS style we know to a structural clarity that seems just a little more amplified than normal.