2003 Patina Merlot

$85.00

Orange region Merlot tends to show good fruit, acid and tannin resulting in very inviting wine with finesse and complexity rarely seen in this variety.

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92 Points “Very good depth of ruby red hue, still quite youthful. The bouquet is dominated by humus, smoke and fresh-turned earth, the palate likewise savoury and earthy and complex, with mellow charm aplenty. There’s an abundance of supple tannins and the finish is clean and drying. Touches of chocolate, vanilla and roasted nuts. It’s lost all of its primary fruit. Rich and soft, with good merlot plumpness on the mid-palate. A very smart merlot, fully mature, drinking superbly at 18 years of age.” The Real Review, Feb 2021

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Merlot is renowned amongst viticulturists to be a difficult variety. It often grows irregularly and suffers from a condition known as “hen and chicken” where some berries form with seeds and some don’t making small and large grapes. Merlot is very happy in Orange, it grows well, sets fruit well with very little tendency to “hen and chicken” and produces wine with good colour and fruit intensity. Orange region Merlot tends to show good fruit, acid and tannin resulting in very inviting wine with finesse and complexity rarely seen in this variety.

Picked at 3.45 pH and 13.85 Baumé with ripe blackberry and mulberry characters. It was then cold soaked after crushing to extract the rich berry flavours. Pressed off skins when dry then aged in seasoned French oak for 12 months.

Merlot is renowned amongst viticulturists to be a difficult variety. It often grows irregularly and suffers from a condition known as “hen and chicken” where some berries form with seeds and some don’t (developing both small and large grapes). Merlot is very happy in Orange, it grows well, sets fruit well with very little tendency to “hen and chicken” and produces wine with good colour and fruit intensity. Orange region Merlot tends to show good fruit, acid and tannin resulting in very inviting wine with finesse and complexity rarely seen in this variety.

Picked at 3.45 pH and 13.85 Baumé with ripe blackberry and mulberry characters. It was then cold soaked after crushing to extract the rich berry flavours. Pressed off skins when dry then aged in seasoned French oak for 12 months.

Additional Information

Weight1 kg
variety

Merlot

body

Medium Bodied

cellaring

Ready to enjoy now, Short to medium term cellaring

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