2013 Mountadam Vineyards Eden Valley The Red

Vineyard: Mountadam Vineyards was established in 1972 in the High Eden region of the Barossa overlooking a landscape at 550m altitude. The soils are over 500 million years old with low fertility and layers of rock dominating the site; perfect for wine grape growing.

Season: Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good tannin structure and fruit characters.

Wine making: Hand-picked from the single vineyard before gentle pressing. After time on skins to extract concentrated colour the final blend was transfered into new French oak to mature for a further 18 months, 52% Merlot, 48% Cabernet.

Appearance: Dark red

Aroma/Bouquet: Black currant, red plum, fresh herbs, subtle hints of roast capsicum and cedar.

Palate: The palate has a backbone of fine grainy tannin and balanced acidity intertwined with dark berry fruits and notes of dark chocolate.

Food Pairing: Mushroom ragout, Risotto Parmigiana or lemon crusted lamb cutlets and seasonal salad.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 20+ years

Wine maker: Helen McCarthy

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