Richard Hamilton - Lot 148 Merlot 2009-11 - McLaren Vale



Richard Hamilton - Lot 148 Merlot 2009-11
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Fruit from vines planted in 1975 on our Winery Block and 1985 from the Farm Block in McLaren Vale form the backbone of this wine, while the aromatics tended to come from 1998 plantings on our Hut block. The components of the blend were pressed prior to dryness with selections allowed oak fermentation. Following malo-lactic fermentation and oak maturation, the wine was blended, then bottled in September 2011. The style of wine to which we aspire is one that shows good length and sweet fruit with well structured tannins and excellent length - a more up-market Australian style.

Full red with crimson highlights. Attractive savoury dark olive and cherry fruits, lifted with aromatic nuances of cloves and vanilla. This is an elegant, medium bodied wine showing a silky texture and soft acidity. The spectrum of fruit flavours include cherry and plum characters.

An excellent match with medium to full flavoured courses, such as tender rare beef. Try it with Italian influenced dishes.

Excellent on release and will age over the next 4 to 6 years.

Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Richard Hamilton   -
ABV:   14%
Appellation:   McLaren Vale
Brand:   Richard Hamilton
Country of Origin:   Australia
Food Match:   Red Meats
Food Match:   Meaty Pasta Dishes
Grape Type:   Merlot
Malolactic Fermentation:   Yes
Region:   South Australia
Type of closure:   Screw Cap
Vintage:   2009-11
Winemaker:   Paul Gordon


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Producer Information

Hamilton is one of the original Australian winemaking families. In 1837 Richard Hamilton founded the Hamilton Vineyards, just south of Adelaide in 1837. It was planted with stock brought by the family from South Africa, en route from England.

Five winemaking generations later, in 1972, Richard's great-great-grandson Dr Richard Hamilton established a small winery in McLaren Vale under the guidance of his father Burton, a noted viticulturist, and uncle, renowned vigneron, Sydney Hamilton.

Two years later, at the age of 76, Sydney bought land on the famous terra rossa strip in Coonawarra and established Leconfield to fulfil his life's ambition of growing and making a classic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sydney retired in 1981 after 65 vintages and Dr Richard Hamilton purchased the company from him. Leconfield became the single winemaking facility for both the Richard Hamilton and Leconfield brands, securing the family connection to both Coonawarra and McLaren Vale.

Experienced Coonawarra winemaker Paul Gordon joined Leconfield in 2001. He and Assistant Winemaker Tim Bailey are the winemaking custodians of the Richard Hamilton and Leconfield labels.

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