Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Merlot

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Drinking well now, but will improve with time. ?

Vintage History:

Penfolds Cellar Reserve Merlot is sourced from a single vineyard in the northern end of the Adelaide Hills region and is a unique expression of this grape variety. Mild day temperatures and cooler evenings were ideal ripening conditions and have delivered a very tightly structured Merlot, rich in colour and aroma. This enabled the creation of only the second Penfolds Cellar Reserve Merlot ever released. Matured for a period of 16 months in seasoned French oak barrels, this wine is drinking well at release, and will continue to drink well for many years with careful cellaring.
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Origin Adelaide Hills (SA).
Maturation 11 months in older French hogsheads.
Fermentation Open headed-down fermenters.
Variety Merlot.
First Vintage 2010.

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Behind Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Merlot

Winter rainfall was close to average for most parts of the Adelaide Hills, resulting in full soil moisture profiles at the start of Spring. Temperatures remained cool in September while a warmer October encouraged strong canopy development. Warm conditions continued in November which were favourable for flowering, particularly in early varieties such as Pinot Noir, which consequently had a very good set. Weather conditions were mild during summer and conditions during the ripening period were ideal with mild day time temperatures and cold nights helping flavour development while retaining natural acidity.