2018 Dormilona Pykyes Merlot

Margaret River, WA

The first straight Merlot from heart and soul Margaret River winemaker, Jo Perry.


Pykeys Merlot is named after my late uncle Frank Pyke - total champion of a man... A very fun loving wine just like old Frank. 

Jo Perry, Owner/winemaker

About The Wine

This crazy little creation is a new addition to the Dormilona range - a 'nouveau' styled Merlot from delicious biodynamically farmed fruit in Margaret River.

This was fermented in an oak vessel as whole berries, a winemaking technique most often applied to varieties such as Gamay or Pinot Noir. Surprisingly, the juicy, jubey characters that carbonic maceration imparts works wonders with the lush plummy fruit that Merlot shows.

It's built as a Sunday slurping style of wine. No additions, no oak ageing, just bouncy Margaret River Merlot with lots of personality.

About Dormilona

Josephine Perry is one of the most exciting emerging producers in Margaret River. Her Dormilona label is setting a new tone for the region.

A self-confessed 'lazy-bones' winemaker, Jo is low-intervention in the winery, instead focusing her energies on the quality of fruit that she brings in the winery.

She uses only organically and biodynamically farmed fruit from high-quality vineyards across Margaret River, and is bringing an alt-styling to the way she produces the hero varieties of this famous region.

These are Margaret River wines with flair and originality. From vineyard to glass, Jo handcrafts each wine with love and tender hands. An authentic producer who's rightfully gaining plenty of attention.

Jo sharing her Clayfaces
Jo sharing her Clayfaces
Margaret River, WA

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Get ya tumblers at the ready. Jubey plums and mulberries, a little hint of green leaf. Sloshy, slurpy and deliciously moreish, it's a loose-knit and uninhibited version of Merlot. No stiff upper lip here, this is your uncle in socks, sandals and a Hawaiian shirt. No additions. No rules. Awesome. - Different Drop Wine Team

Additional Info

From The Producer

Pykeys Merlot is named after my late uncle Frank Pyke - total champion of a man. 

Stunning little batch of organic Merlot from a lovely little plot in Yallingup, Stonegate Vineyard. Whole bunches thrown into a 400L french oak vessle called a Perle. 100% carbonic fermented for a month then basket pressed back to oak. Bottled directly to keep freshness & express plus celebrate the new vintage. No adds, no fining, no filteration. A very fun loving wine just like old Frank. 

Blend : Merlot (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2020
Bottle Size : 750ml

Jo's precious clay pots and amphora
Margaret River, WA

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