A group of wine enthusiasts collaborated to form a partnership with Catherine Marshall Wines and invested with the purpose to produce wines of character, style and drinkability.
The 2009 Amatra Merlot is the first offering with grapes sourced from cool climate Elgin where fresh and vibrant purple fruit flavours and well balanced acidity are reflected. Natural and minimalist intervention in the winemaking process was applied. The wine was French oak matured in older 225 litre casks so that the brightness of fruit flavours and aromatics were enhanced without the interference of too much oak tannin. After 16 months of oak maturation, the resultant wine was very lightly filtered to keep the integrity of the fruit and structure in place.
Amatra is an old Sanskrit word that was used by the ancient Persians and refers to the vessels in which their ritual wines or Soma were stored for purposes of cultural festivals and the y believed that once consumed, a state of higher powers of wisdom and enlightenment was attained.
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