Gemtree Gemstone Merlot 2016



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  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Certified Organic
  • Winery
  • Region
    McLaren Vale, SA
  • Grapes
Ruby red with black hue the nose has black plums, marshmallow, red currants, a little meaty: like a butcher's shop, with savoury notes on the back.

A very generous wine, luscious in the mouth with lovely sweetness. The richness of the nose follows through to the palate with flavours of plums and currants dominating. One of the great characteristics of Merlot is its sweetness and this wine does not disappoint. Lovely, integrated, soft tannins create a firm back palate without being over powering. A little gem!

Aged for 12 months in 10% new, 10% 1 year, 80% 2 year old French barriques.


All Gemstone Wines are made from 100% organic fruit that we have sourced from around the best wine-growing neighbourhoods of South Australia.


The Gemstone wines all have purity and brightness, which is a reflection of the vineyards. A simple winemaking approach was taken with the Merlot. Fermented in open fermenters for 7 days with gentle pumping over and plunging until we felt the tannins were integrated. Pressed into barrels for aging for just 12 months and then bottled without filtration or fining.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 to 2016 growing season was dominated by warm and dry conditions; this corresponded to a quick, condensed flowering period. The summer period provided milder conditions, which lead to gradual sugar accumulation and allowed us to harvest purely on flavour ripeness. Literally we threw the hydrometer (measures sugar) away. The resulting 2016 wines are phenomenal! They are showing vibrant fruit flavours with bright natural acidity. A renewed focus for the winery has been minimal handling and digging out of our fermenters which has further accentuated the softness of our 2016 wines, letting them better express the vineyards from where they came. 

(SKU: 1557)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2016
Alcohol % 14.0
Grapes Merlot
Region McLaren Vale, SA
Volume 750mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Closure Screwcap
Vegan Suitable Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes
Certified Organic Yes

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