The Angus Merlot 2016

Region: South Eastern Australia
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.5%
Best Consumed: 2018 - 2023

The Angus is a smooth, rich wine offering intergrated flavours of plums and blackberries with notes of spice and fruitcake.  The elegant and balanced palate displays excellent length complemented by subtle oak. 

Viticulturist Notes

The grapes for this Merlot were picked and crushed during the cool of night, thus ensuring the retention of varietal character.  Modern winemaking techniques were employed throughout, all of which help to create the signature McPherson style.  Fermentation took place in sweeping arm red fermenters, giving the wine a denser, richer colour and allowing for gentle flavour extraction.  Softer tannins are also a result of this process, an important feature of the McPherson Merlot style.  Oak for this wine was predominately French oak and this wine was aged on oak for approximately 6 months, giving the wine a noticeable, but not excessive oak influence.

Wine Harvest Notes

The best way to describe vintage 2016 is fast & furious!  There was no orderly ripening of fruit, no luxury of white fruit followed by red fruit, it was like the flood gates opened and everything just rolled in at once.  Again we had little rain and a very hot spring leading up to harvest, which meant things ripened faster than normal. Optimum flavours and ripeness came on more quickly than previous years and the only way around it was to pick as fast as we could.  Thankfully we managed to juggle our way through it, and completed yet another successful harvest!

Food Recommendations:

A lovely medium bodied wine that works beautifully with curries, spit roast lamb or soft cheese.