Six Acres Cabernet Merlot 2012
Ralph Zuccaro and son Aaron, who is also a winemaker at Giant Steps, tend their family vineyard at the southern tip of the Yarra Valley, in Silvin, on the east side of the reservoir.
The vineyards are north facing and are planted on slopes about 250 metres above sea level on rich volcanic soil. The combination of climate and aspect allow the grapes a longer ripening period which results in subtle, elegant, wines.
The vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Riesling is sourced from Long Gully Estate, a neighbour to Tarra Warra Estate. Chardonnay is sourced from Killara Estate, a neighbour to Seville Estate.
The wines have been labelled under the Zuccaro’s Six Acres label for more than 10 vintages.
Fruit is hand picked, basket pressed, with a unique filtering method to maximise skin contact, and barrel fermented, in smaller sized, French barriques and hogsheads, on less to maximise fruit and palate weight and longevity.
Fermented with 20% new oak and left on lees for 10 months. Buttery with a full and complex palate and cleansing acidity to finish.
Fermented in older, close to neutral, oak barrels and left on lees for four months. Kerosene, smokey, spice and honey notes on the nose with a rich full palate and cleansing acidity.
Cold soaked for four days. Fermented with 20% whole bunches and then plunged twice daily. Basket pressed off skins to finish off ferment in 20% new french oak barrels and left on lees for 10 months prior to bottling. Gold for “Best Pinot Noir” at the Royal Melbourne Show 2015.
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Crushed and fermented warm after a four day cold soak. Extended post ferment/maceration. Basket pressed off into 25% new oak barriques (225L). Racked once during maturation. Blackberry and red berry, spice, rich and concentrated palate with firm tannins to finish.