Hillbrook Merlot

$24.50 A BOTTLE

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WINEMAKING NOTES

“Hillbrook is a small family owned vineyard in the Pemberton Wine Region of Western Australia. We strive with our white wines to achieve quality but with an ‘easy drinking’ style redolent of picnics or long afternoons sitting on the verandah with friends in the Australian summer.
We are committed to the production of the highest quality cool climate wines. We restrict ourselves to the varieties that have a proven record in our region and have proven themselves to be well suited to our soils and aspect.”

FOOD PAIRING

Delicious with all things Italian, pizza, meatballs and pasta! Also great with most meats just add a hint of roseamry, thyme or oregano!

TASTING NOTES

This is a special release. We are always experimenting with different growing techniques as we strive for a signature style of Merlot which will gain renown to match our benchmark Sauvignon Blanc. This year we reduced the cropping rate to a few bunches per vine by assiduous shoot and bunch thinning. The result, coupled with a long ripening season takes us a long way down the road we wish to travel. The wine shows classic flavours of black olive, dark chocolate and a touch of cigar box. As with other wines it will benefit if decanted half an hour or so before dinner.

James Halliday says: ‘A typically elegant wine contract-made by Rob Diletti. The clear colour announces a light to medium bodied merlot with a mixture of cassis, plum, dried herb and black olive flavours; the fruit and savoury components create good tension. 91/100’ (James Halliday Wine Companion 2017).