Merlot Cabernet Franc Barossa South Australia
Haan is all about the magnificence of fruit grown to the superlative Hanenhof Vineyard. The original property was purchased in 1853 by George Friedrich Schmidt for one pound per acre. Development of the site to the most exacting standards has been the keystone of success, to which must be added the consuming pursuit of excellence in the nation's preeminent pure Merlot wine. Sometimes the inclusion of a component Cabernet Franc can contribute to a distinctive, classically Medoc styling, deeply flavoursome and powerfully driven by concentratations of fruit.
The splendid Merlot vines are two decades old, grown to sandy loams with a two metre clay base. The vines are trellised by wire to keep the foliage upright and to expose the fruit to the maximum amount of sunlight. Fruit is cropped to a scant 3½ tonnes per acre and ripened to 15 baume before picking. Prestige is inoculated with choice yeasts to enhance fruit definition and depth of palate, skins are plunged and pumped over thrice daily, as the fermenting wine is allowed to rest on skins for a week, developing maximum colour and flavour extractions. Following malolactic, batches are racked into a selection of the finest French oak barriques for an extravagant two years maturation.
Plum red colour. Black cherries and ripe plum bouquets, layered with spicy toasted oak. A rich and voluptuous palate, brimming with varieties of plum fruit, dark fruit cake and hints of mocha coffee, all supported by silky oak and fruit tannins, an august Merlot wine of great length and persistence. To fully appreciate, Prestige should be decanted three hours before service.