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2018 Merlot

Single Vineyard | Adelaide Hills
(3 customer reviews)

$175.00 per 12 bottle case

Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2018
Planted: 1998
Vineyard: Mike Press Single Vineyard, Lobethal, Adelaide Hills
Oak Maturation: Blend of American and French oak barrels
Alcohol: 14.0%
When: Drink now or cellar for 5 to 10 years
Food: Merlot needs to be accompanied by some rich foods to help compliment the tannin structure in the wine. Grilled beef or Gorgonzola cheese.

“In these days of ever warmer seasons, cooler sites are coming into their own, exemplified in the warm summer of 2018 across South Australia. In that year, merlot had been thriving in Mike Press’ vineyard for 20 years and gave birth to the finest he’s made yet. Lifted violet fragrance and crunchy blackcurrant fruit define varietal identity rarely found at any price in Australian merlot, let alone at the princely sum of $14. It’s exactingly and unashamedly medium-bodied, a celebration of great fruit precision, elegantly and sensitively backed by 12 months maturation in a mix of American and French oak barrels. The structure is crafted as much on vibrant Adelaide Hills acidity as it is on medium-grained tannins, uniting to promise a tremendous future in the cellar.” – Tyson Stelzer

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Reviews

  1. Tyson Stelzer

    “In these days of ever warmer seasons, cooler sites are coming into their own, exemplified in the warm summer of 2018 across South Australia. In that year, merlot had been thriving in Mike Press’ vineyard for 20 years, and gave birth to the finest he’s made yet. Lifted violet fragrance and crunchy blackcurrant fruit define varietal identity rarely found at any price in Australian merlot, let alone at the princely sum of $13. It’s exactingly and unashamedly medium-bodied, a celebration of great fruit precision, elegantly and sensitively backed by 12 months maturation in a mix of American and French oak barrels. Structure is crafted as much on vibrant Adelaide Hills acidity as it is on medium-grained tannins, uniting to promise a tremendous future in the cellar.”
    92 points | #8 Top 12 Oz under $25 for 2020 | Sep 2020

  2. Huon Hooke

    “Deep, bright red/purple colour. Slightly charred, smoky aroma overlying mulberry, elusive but pleasant, while the palate opens with some sweetness and moves into firm, graphite-like tannins and savoury flavours, with sweet berry flavours hiding deep. Good firm but ripe tannins provide a cleansing finish and add to rewarding length. Cabernet-like cassis flavour runs through the finish. This is outstanding value.”
    89/100 | The Real Review | Sep 2020

  3. Tony Love

    “Lots to like here with immediately attractive berry fruits, full of freshly crushed smells from mulberry to raspberry. Ripe and bursting with intense flavour courtesy of a long, slow-ripening season – it certainly shows. It’s got enough structure too, softish tannin, a delicate bitterness for food-friendliness and decent finish and length. Mad really at this price.”
    93 Points + Special Value | Halliday Wine Companion | March 2021

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