Merlot Pyrenees Beechworth Victoria
Best Merlot Trophy & Gold Hobart. Exceptional Merlot fruit for this vintage, the Patricia Merlot has not been released since 2000. Sourced from the superior Glenkara vineyard in the Pyrenees and a small parcel 6% from the Taylors vineyard at Beechworth, Patricia has spent 18 months in a combination of new and older French oak. A wine of unshakeably gelatinous flavours like cherry and berry ju-jubes, Patricia is supple with fruit intensity and tenderness, it's soft palate and fine silky tannins, hit an immediate chord with Australian wine judges.
The quality of the Glenkara and Taylors premium Merlot is a result of many years experience and work throughout the season, to maximize flavours and fruit intensity. Wines of great depth and complexity with outstanding varietal character can be expected from these Merlot vineyards in exceptional vintages like 2004. The fruit was harvested in parcels late March at a baume target of 13.5. The grapes were destemmed and crushed to fermenters, the final cuvee underwent blending trials and maturation at the Kindergarten winery. Selected parcels of the fruit spent 18 months in oak, with 70% in new and the balance in one year old French barriques.
Plum red colour. Lifted blackcurrant and cherry aromas with hints of spice and licorice. The palate is soft and juicy with fine silky tannins, spice and integrated French oak. A stunning Merlot wine that opens with enticing fragrances, it expands and improves it's flavours as it breathes, offering up plenty of ripe blackberry flavours, leading to an exceptional finish.