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The Wrattonbully wine region adjoins the northern boundary of Coonawarra and shares many of the climatic and soil characteristics of the better known southern neighbour. Within the Wrattonbully region the area of Joanna is highly regarded for its terra rossa soils, vineyard site selection and viticultural practises.
The Ottelia Merlot is sourced from the Joanna area and the vineyard is planted to several clones of Merlot, using a combination of own root and rootstocks. The clone used in 2014 was Q47 on own roots.
The climate in Wrattonbully, slightly warmer than Coonawarra, shares the cool nights and extended ripening conditions, ideal for the growing and production of red varieties, including Merlot. The cool conditions, experienced in late summer through early autumn, provided ideal ripening conditions for the Merlot.
The fruit is machine harvested in the early morning and then allowed to soak for 2 days in small open fermenters before yeast inoculation. At the completion of the primary fermentation the wine is pressed into tanks for the MLF before racking into a combination of oak and flexcubes where it matured for 20 months prior to bottling.ANALYSIS AT HARVEST: Be 13.4 pH 3.55 Acid 5.7 g/l Harvest Date 27th March BOTTLED WINE ANALYSIS: Alcohol 13.6 % pH 3.45 Acid 5.2 g/l Sugar 0.2 g/l Bottled February 2016 TASTING NOTES NOSE: Appealing characters of dark plums and cherries with spicy nuance of cloves, fennel and five spice. PALATE: Juicy combination of dark berry fruit with an intriguing spicy overlay and lovely textural tannins. POTENTIAL: the softer, fleshier profile of Merlot is both attractive and approachable as a youthful wine but also retains a structure which will allow this wine to mature for ten or more years. CONTACT J & M Innes P/L V & A Lane Coonawarra SA 5263 Ph. 0409 836 289 email@example.com www.ottelia.com.au
The 2013 Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from 4 vineyards in Coonawarra to achieve a full flavoured and structured wine. The wine is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. The combination of vineyards and selective harvesting allows us to achieve a rich flavour profile with distinctive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon definition.
The average vine age in this wine was 23 years and low to moderate cropping with an average yield of 5.7 tonnes per hectare in 2013.The individual parcels of wine have been vinified separately and matured in a combination of new, 2 year old and 5 year old French oak to achieve the true benefits of oak maturation while avoiding oak dominance. The wine was blended in February 2015.
The 2013 vintage report for Coonawarra can be summarised as excellent, characterised by a warm, dry summer and then a cool autumn. These conditions were optimal for Cabernet Sauvignon and resulted in wines with high colour density, fruit concentration and tannin structure.ANALYSIS AT HARVEST: Be 12.9 to 14.3 pH 3.39 to 3.76 Acid 5.8 to 7.4 g/l Harvest Date 27th March to 18th April BOTTLED WINE ANALYSIS: Alcohol 13.54% pH 3.52 Acid 6.7 g/l Sugar < 1.0 g/l Bottled March 2015 TASTING NOTES
NOSE: Berry fruits, ripe cherry, dark chocolate and liquorice aromas with some cedar nuance, subtle varietal lift and background French oak.
PALATE: Rich, ripe mouth filling cherry, berry and dark chocolate flavours with generous mid palate weight and good length. Fruit and oak tannins are both textural and enhancing.CONTACT J & M Innes P/L V & A Lane Coonawarra SA 5263 Ph. 0409 836 289 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ottelia.com.au