Friday, 14 September 2012

Briarose Estate Merlot Resrve

What... no website!! Guys get with it!!

Ray Jordan says in The West Australian Wine Guide:

Such a poised and beautiful merlot but one that has some firepower on the palate that builds relentlessly to a long finish.

Iy gets interesting as ray says: Chalky tannins and fine grained oak and lovely precise fruit flavours... very much in the red berry spectrum with light cedary oak ceating a perfect combination. and apparently "an elegant finish."

I haven't ried this one yet... but will certainly be on the look out for it next visit home to Margaret River.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Chestnut Grove Reserve Merlot 2009

From the wine makers notes:

The Chestnut Grove vineyard is ideally suited to grow Merlot with temperate ripening conditions, cool nights and gravelly loam soils.  For over 20 years, the Merlot vines have produced wines with concentration, finesse and balance.
The Reserve selection is blended from the best French oak barrels after 18 months maturation.  

Dark plums, fruit cake spice, blackberries and subtle earthy notes provide lifted primary fruits and complexity.  The palate is dense and rich with fine savoury tannins providing length and structure.

This wine is beautifully balanced but will improve with 8-10 years bottle age.

Should set you back $40 - $50 a bottle.. so better be good!!