2011 Adelaide Hills Merlot
Vineyard: Mike Press single vineyard at Lobethal in Adelaide Hills
Wood Maturation: The wine has matured in a mixture of American and French Oak
Style: An earthy character on the nose, with soft berry fruit on the palate Cellaring 5 to 10 Years
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The four varieties grown by Mike Press are well suited to the Adelaide Hills climate, and merlot performs particularly well. Good depth and hue to the colour of a solidly structured, medium-bodied merlot with plum and a touch of snow pea lurking in the background. The tannins have been very well handled, underwriting the medium-term cellaring capacity of the wine.
Mike Press Adelaide Hills Merlot
If you love merlot because it's soft, fleshy and devoid of any kind of expressive personality, read no further, this wine is not for you. This is real merlot, structured, grippy and screaming out for a decade in the cellar. Don't be too concerned, though, because when it does emerge it will be a stunner, with a pretty violet perfume, elegant berry fruits and very finely textured tannins.