Leconfield Merlot

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Leconfield Merlot has big and juicy dark fruits, soft tannins all supported by lovely French oak. Paul Gordon continues to produce a serious Merlot for a great price, year in, year out. His Merlot is also one that will benefit from a little sit in the medium term cellar.

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Medium to full red with youthful vibrancy.

The nose of this wine shows balanced oak contributing cinnamon and nutmeg, overlaying the ripe blood-plum fruit of Merlot.

Medium bodied with silky smooth texture and long tannins. The excellent persistence and soft acidity make it a wonderful food wine.

Full flavoured poultry, such as twice-cooked duckling and modern Asian style cuisine.

This wine is very approachable on release and will reward medium term cellaring.

Leconfield is situated in the heart of Australia’s famous Coonawarra with its rich Terra Rossa soil over limestone providing the ideal environment for growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard was founded in 1974 by pioneering oenologist Sydney Hamilton who at 76 years of age had the dream to produce the classic Australian red wine. Time has validated his choice of Coonawarra as a fantastic place to do just that. Today the estate is planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller patches of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Shiraz and complemented with the white varieties of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Careful fruit selection from grapes grown on our Hamilton block in southern Coonawarra is the source of this wine. Vines were planted in 1987. Our aim is to make a stylish Merlot with great depth of flavour and structure, in which oak plays an important, but not prominent, role in the structure of the wine.

10% New French, 47% 3 year old French, 43% 3 year old American oak. Matured for 15 months.


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