Thursday, 7 November 2013

2011 CLIMBING MERLOT from Cumulus Wines

Sourced from the higher elevations of Cumulus Estate in Orange, NSW, grown vineyard above 600m (Orange appellation) “Climbing” wines exhibit intense flavours courtesy of lower yielding vines set on ancient soils, extremely cool nights and carefully nurtured viticulture.

The Climbing range exhibit carefully added winemaking techniques to deliver complexity that layers the natural bright and elegant fruit character.

The label is inspired by the higher elevation vines that give such a unique character and was drawn from an 1880’s Dive Circus poster with the dashing Henry scaling the heights inspired by the local extinct volcano peak, Mount Canobolas.

And the wine should be good too as it has won a number of awards. the winemaker says:

Premium parcels of Merlot from several different blocks were selected. Following
harvest these were crushed and destemmed then cold soaked on skins for two weeks.

Separate fermentation of parcels, starting off at cool temperatures, building during fermentation to peak at 28 degrees with gentle pump overs, starting off twice daily. Time on skins depended on tannin extraction, with pumpovers shortening to wetting the cap once per day. Wine was then pressed off skins once tannin extraction was deemed optimal.

Parcels were matured separately in older French barrels for 12 months then racked out of barrel, blended, with some small egg fining prior to filtering and bottling.