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The Conductor Merlot

The Conductor Merlot

Ref: A115115

The dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo vineyard in 1988. Philip Shaw spent years investigating and exploring many regions within Australia until by accident he noticed the undulating roll of the countryside when flying over the Orange region. After a few days of intense research into this highland area he returned the next week to find the region had a near-perfect balance of elevation and sunshine.

The Koomooloo vineyard is in close proximity to the region’s highest peak, Mt Canobolas, and rises to an altitude of 900M with red loam soils over limestone. With less than 1% of Australian vineyards above 600M, Koomooloo is one of the highest vineyards in Australia

Koomooloo is a hand kept vineyard with a routine of hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, crop thinning, and hand picking.

In detail the Orange region and particularly Koomooloo Vineyard is perfect for the styles of wines Philip is keen to make; really understanding the uniqueness of the region. To respect and work a vineyard like Koomooloo to its full potential is sometimes daunting, however the future is too exciting to sleep through.

Philip has been making wine in Australia for more than four decades and he approaches each aspect of wine making with a healthy mix of innovation and unrelenting quality standards.

Merlot is well suited to the cool climate conditions of the Orange region, producing consistent crops of high quality fruit in the Koomooloo vineyard. Koomooloo Merlot was planted on red, free-draining loams with varying volcanic rock and traces of limestone – excellent for viticulture.

At approximately 900 metres, the uniquely positioned vineyard mimics similar climatic conditions to the French wine region of Bordeaux. Rarely exceeding temperatures over 30, Orange’s cool conditions are ideal for producing elegant wines with great depth of varietal flavours, vibrant intensity, great structure and length of flavour.

2009 was an excellent vintage for Merlot, with cool even temperatures throughout. The fruit was harvested in March, then hand sorted to remove any damaged berries and leaves. Grapes were then transferred into fermenters, where fermentation kicked off after 3 days and remained there for another 22 days. The aim was to remove as much colour and flavour from the skins and balance this with fine tannins. The wine was then separated from the skins at pressing and transferred to barrel for ageing.

 Contains Sulphites

Region Australia - South-East Australia

Grape Chenin Blanc

Producer Philip Shaw

Vintage 2015

Eco Warrior  0

Colour Red

Dryness Medium Dry

Body Light Medium Bodied

Food Lamb/Beef/Pork/Cheese

Drink Drink Now

Price: 15.55


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