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Founded by James Halliday in 1985.

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Yarra Valley Merlot 2014

Yarra Valley Merlot 2014

Yarra Valley Merlot 2014

RRP (750 mL)
$35.00
750 mL
$35.00
6 x 750 mL
$210.00

Overview

Overview

Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday and has since grown to become one of Australia's leading and most awarded small wineries. Situated in the picturesque Yarra Valley east of Melbourne, the steep close planted vineyards of Coldstream Hills have become a signature of the region. So too have its wines, which reflect regional character, consistency and style. Although a temperamental variety in the vineyard, Merlot is particularly well suited to the warmer slopes of the Yarra Valley. Sourced from the Hazeldene Vineyard in the Upper Yarra, as well as Coldstream Hills' Briarston Vineyard, each parcel of fruit was handled separately using either open or static fermenters. The wine was then matured for sixteen months in new and seasoned oak prior to blending and bottling.

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2014
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14%
Peak Drinking Now - 2024
Winemaker Andrew Fleming

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Pork
Lamb
Cheese
Cured Meat
Pasta
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Attractive dark cherry notes dominate with plu Nose m, blackberry and olive tapenade also evident. Cedary oak is subtle and is complemented with nuances of nutmeg and clove spice.

Flavours and Palate

Medium bodied in style with plush texture, p Palate owdery tannin and great length of flavour. Dark cherry and blackberry dominate, with cedary French oak adding further support and structure. Nutmeg, cinnamon and clove nuances add spice and complexity to the wine with hints of dark chocolate evident in the background.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Cooler than Bordeaux yet warmer than Burgundy, picturesque Yarra Valley is one of Australia's foremost cool-climate wine regions. An easy one-hour’s drive from Melbourne, the area is home to more than 80 cellar doors. In addition to the huge range of wineries, the area boasts superb contemporary restaurants, authentic rustic farms - and luxury overnight accommodation if the sightseeing gets too much! The fertile Yarra Valley soils produce famously elegant and textured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The growing season began Vintage conditions: with a variable spring season, followed by a dry and warm Summer. Conditions during the flowering period were not conducive to optimum fruit set, with many vineyards harvesting below average yields. A challenging vintage in many respects, but fruit quality remained of a high standard.

Andrew Fleming - Chief Winemaker

Growing up in wine country Mildura, at just 13 years of age, Andrew attempted to make his own wine; the end result was undrinkable, his father’s shed a shambles, but the winemaking seed was sown. 
After completing a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne, Andrew spent two years at Mildara in Coonawarra before heading to Bordeaux where he furthered his winemaking qualifications with a Diplome National d’Oenologue from the University of Bordeaux. Since then he’s completed vintages at the iconic Chateau Haut Brion in Bordeaux, several vintages in Languedoc, in addition to completing a vintage at Matanzas Creek winery in California’s Sonoma Valley. For six years Andrew was a Winemaker at Lindeman’s Karadoc winery and in 1996, became the Winery Manager of Seppelt in Great Western; providing the perfect segue for his current role as Chief Winemaker Coldstream Hills which he has held since 2001.