96 Points, “…Indeed, this is a delicious wine, full-bodied, with remarkable strength and structure for a pure merlot, the tannins still doing their supportive job and the flavours totally satisfying, lingering long on the aftertaste. Good bottles could live several more years. It could pass for a very good Pomerol. ” Huon Hooke, Mar 2020 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.
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