2013 No.39 Whispering Hill Organic Merlot
Sleek and fleshy with black cherry and red plum aromas. Well-structured flavours of red currant, blueberries, cinnamon, mocha, and a hint of earth.
100% Organic Merlot
French ENTAV Clones 181 & 347
Late October 2013 from our Oliver Estate vineyard
This vineyard, originally a fruit orchard, has been farmed organically for more than 40 years with soils that are high in nutrients and quite porous. The west side vineyard location of our Whispering Hill Organic Merlot results in a significant amount of morning sun exposure, giving way to the shade by afternoon. This leads to late ripening fruit that is more delicate and intensely flavourful.
15 months in 100% French Oak, 26% new
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.