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Richard Hamilton ‘Lot 148’ Merlot

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VINTAGE 2020

The 2020 Richard Hamilton ‘Lot 148’ Merlot is an elegant, medium bodied wine showing a silky texture and soft acidity with cherry and plum characters.

Alcohol by Vol.:
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage:
2020
Bottle size:
750mL
Bouquet:
Attractive savoury dark olive and cherry fruits, lifted with aromatic nuances of cloves and vanilla.
Palate:
This is an elegant, medium bodied wine showing a silky texture and soft acidity. Cherry and plum characters.
Cellaring:
Excellent on release and will age over the next 4 to 6 years
Winemaking:
Our grapes for this wine come from two vineyards just to the south of McLaren Vale: Farm Block, planted in 1985 and Hut Block, planted in 1998. We aim for a structured Merlot with good depth and a fine tannin while retaining the opulence typical of the variety. Individual batches were pressed prior to dryness then oak matured following malo-lactic fermentation. The style of wine to which we aspire is one that shows good length and sweet fruit with well structured tannins and excellent length – a more up-market Australian style.
Background:
Roses are synonymous with the Hamilton family with rose gardens surrounding our vineyards in McLaren Vale. The Rosette series proudly celebrates the family’s long standing in the South Australian wine industry since 1837.
Vintage Conditions:
Yields in 2020 were affected by weather conditions at flowering and were lower than average. Rainfall from May to August 2019 was slightly above average. Unusual for McLaren Vale, there were spring frost events. Cool November weather affected vines that were just flowering and cool and windy conditions into mid-December affected fruitfulness. Very hot conditions in the last half of December pushed the temperature above average. Some good rain events helped relieve a dry December. Both January and February were cooler than average providing a longer ripening period without any extremes. Relatively mild conditions continued into March once vintage had begun and with no rain, provided ideal harvest conditions. From modest yield, fruit quality is very good and displays good intensity with elegance.

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