2017 Gartelmann 'Joey' Merlot
This wine has been named after Jan Gartelmann’s grandson Joey.
This cool climate vineyard on Cudgegong Road in Rylstone on pebbly alkaline clay-loam over limestone produces a good Merlot, helped by an alkaline pH of 7.5, similar to the Rhone Valley.
The cooler climate with the vineyard at 630m altitude results in a slow ripening season, adding to the complexity of the wine. Sloping reddish brown clay-loam mixed with sandstone and pebbles, provides good drainage and mineral input.
Kept in 25% new French Oak puncheons, with the balance in 1-3 year old French puncheons and hogshead for 14 months.
Maturation for 14 months has delivered a very full bodied wine with velvet tannins giving structure to a soft rounded palate.
good cheese, a roast duckling, pork and roasted smoky BBQ’d anything.
Drink from 2019, great from 2021, or cellar until 2025+.
Light rain in Nov, 120mm mid December, 40mm late January, no rain in February but very wet mid March were followed by two weeks of completely dry weather until harvest. A Hard one, just saved at the end.