In 1833 John Catto left his native Scotland to seek his fortune in the new colony of Australia. He settled near what would become Bendigo, calling his new home Memsie after the village from where he had come, and planted a vineyard on clay soil rich with limestones. Memsie now produces delicious, round, full flavoured wines perfect for immediate consumption.
Soil is deep ripped before planting. Vines are hedged trellised, exposing the grapes to the sun to achieve maximum ripeness. Red wine grapes are planted on heavy clay soil with pieces of limestone present in the soil.
During fermentation the cap was plunged and pumped over three times daily. After pressing in a Membrane press and completion of Malolactic Fermentation, a percentage of the wine under went Micro Oxygenation with the balance of the wine spending time in American Oak Hogsheads. The wine is Earth filtered and then Sterile filtered to bottle. Aged in 2&3 Year old American hogsheads for 6 - 9 months.
A vivid garnet red colour, with fresh and appealing berry characters apparent on the nose. The wine is forward and mouth filling, with sweet, rich, red berry flavours complimented by some spice, and balanced oak flavours. It also features some savoury flavours that compliment the lingering finish. It is ready for immediate consumption and would be an ideal match for BBQs and pizza.
Vivid purple-crimson; we all know what a great vintage '12 was for South Eastern Australia and the southern half of Vic, Bendigo on the dividing line; well, there's no half measures about this beautiful wine, the best from Water Wheel for many years, and outstanding value - indeed unbelievably good. Drink by: 2020; Date tasted: 29/Jan/2013; Price: $10.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 91 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion