2019 Pooley Cabernet Merlot

$50

Coal River Valley

Aromas of violet, wet clay, chocolate and spice. Full bodied flavours of crushed red berries and blackcurrant. Black olives and aniseed. Elongated tannins and pitch perfect acidity.


Vintage
2019
Variety
Cabernet Merlot
Volume:
750mls
Alcohol:
14.5%
Standard Drinks
8.6
Maturation

14 months maturation in 30% new French oak.

Closure
ScrewCap
Style

Dry

2020 saw a dry start to the growing season with winter rainfall well below average. Cold and windy conditions during flowering resulted in smaller yields. Early summer saw a continuation of dry conditions, but temperatures moderated significantly coupled with significant rainfall in late February and March freshened up canopies providing an ideal finish to the growing season.

Cooinda Vale Vineyard was established in 1985 by Pooley’s founders, Margaret and Dennis Pooley. Sitting between 80-100m above sea level, the vineyard is tucked away in a nook of hills North of Campania making it much more protected from prevailing weather conditions. Being more continental it also experiences greater extremes in temperatures bringing more frequent frosts, snow and heat waves. The iron lacking grey brown sandy loam over clay subsoils at this site tend to bring a moderate level of struggle to the vines by restricting deep root growth and water accessibility but in turn creates a wine that is more delicate and finer.

100% destemmed whole berry fermentation with minimal extraction. 3 weeks infusion followed by 14 months in 30% new French oak prior to bottling.

Aromas of violet, wet clay, chocolate and spice. Full bodied flavours of crushed red berries and blackcurrant. Black olives and aniseed. Elongated tannins and pitch perfect acidity.