Product & Vintage: 2013 BellaRiva Merlot Region: King Valley. Winestyle: Classic juicy style with richness and softness. Varieties: Merlot. Vineyard: In 1994, the De Bortoli family planted the BellaRiva vineyard on the King River at the base of the Victorian snowfields. The vineyard is planted on sandstone and shale deposits washed down by the river over time. It is planted with Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Merlot, Tempranillo and Moscato Giallo as well as some more traditional varieties. Tasting Note: Dark red with purple. Black fruits, rich flavours, juicy, soft, textural, good mouthfeel. Vintage Conditions: 2013 was a warm season producing quite ripe flavours. Merlot in particular produced concentrated flavours of dark fruits and spice. Winemaking: Fruit is fermented in 20T rotary fermenters for 7-10 days. The fruit is then pressed, settled and partially matured in French oak casks for 10 months before bottling. Some wine is retained in tanks for freshness. Wine Analysis: Alc 14.0%, pH 3.56, TA 5.5 Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar for three to four years. Suggested Cuisine: Free range chicken, red peppers and peas.