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Yarra Valley Merlot 2016

Yarra Valley Merlot 2016

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.

Although a temperamental variety in the vineyard, Merlot is particularly well suited to the warmer slopes of the Yarra Valley. Ripe and plush, with generous characters of dark cherry, blackberry and plum. Secondary notes of violets, black olive and anise spice add complexity, with the warmer vintage providing a persistent fine-grained tannin finish. A popular wine here at Coldstream Hills, it's a great value red to have on hand for all occasions.

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2016
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 and ripe, with red cherry and underlying blackberry and violet notes. Cedar-like French oak adds complexity and is further enhanced by nuances of anise and nutmeg spice.

Flavours and Palate

Medium bodied in style, the palate is both supple and textural and finishes with ripe, chalk-like tannins. Dark cherry and plum characters dominate, with seamless French oak, black olive and hints of five-spice 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.

An un-seasonally warm Spring led to early budburst and fruit set. Canopies were healthy with yields generally above average. Dry, favourable conditions ensued with rapid fruit ripening and an uncharacteristically compressed vintage. Fruit quality was high, with the wines produced being generous in flavour.

Sourced from our Vineyard at Gladysdale in the Upper Yarra, as well as the Coldstream Hills Amphitheatre Block, each parcel of fruit was handled separately. Fermented in either open or static fermenters, the wine was then matured for sixteen months in new and seasoned oak prior to blending and bottling.

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.