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2016 Primo Estate Merlesco Merlot

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Here is a wine that doesn't want to baffle you or make you think too much, but what it does want to do is be a fresh and fruity drink. There's bucket loads of berry fruits on the nose and palate, and it has no harsh tannins, no twangy acidity and very little oak, which means it's easy to drink and highly sipable. Give it a bit of a chill if you like, and enjoy with lamb kebabs.

expert reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
88
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
An excellent young quaff whose sweet, juicy aromas of dark cherries, plums, cinnamon and nutmeg have a faint jammy, confectionary aspect. It's medium in weight, spicy and earthy, with a bright forward fruitfulness that extends towards a soft, gentle finish. Very approachable and acceptable, but for the short term only.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
87
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Playful and vivacious, this is a bubbling pot of wild berries and every incarnation of spice that you could conjure. There's a characteristic merlot lift of violet and rose petal perfume. With its softly textural tannins, it enjoys a light chill.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Colour little more than rose depth, but very bright; the flavour profile and structure likewise akin to rose, but provides extra. Drink now, slightly chilled in summer.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Ripe and plummy bouquet, with blue fruits and a little spice; the palate is fleshy, with a little leafy edge to the fruit. 13.5% ale.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Nothing fancy here. It's an honest red tasting of mulberry and musk and, while there's a scratch of tannin, it's mostly just a good, tangy, berry-flavoured quaffer. Nothing rough here and nothing super-smooth, either. Last year we noted that it was almost impossible to drink this wine without wanting to get on the phone and order a pizza. Same goes for this vintage. Honey, where's the phone?
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
86
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
One from Joe Grilli's suite of quaffable junior wines, impressive integration and resolve at such a tender age. Grilli has set humble goals for this wine and more than met them. The palate is all about light berry fruits, unpretentious and direct, with medium-weight tannins. Easily enjoyed.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Vibrant colour; light- to medium-bodied, with an uncompromising blend of herb, black olive and red berry fruit; deliberately early-picked for early consumption.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
Remember the days, not so long ago, when you could have put 'merlot' on a bottle of drain cleaner and the multitudes would have flocked to lay down their dough? We were bad, but the Yanks were almost beyond redemption. Then along came a little movie and knocked it sideways. Just accept that a good merlot is rarely more than a good honest drink—not world salvation in a bottle—and you'll find this is a good honest drink.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
88
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
A few years ago some wondered why Australian wine producers didn't make 'unoaked' red wines, made to be served young and fresh. Suddenly a number of Australian producers make such a wine. 2006 RELEASE It's fruity and tasty and slips down easy, and it's very hard to slug on it without wanting to jump on the phone and order a pizza. Indeed, I'm writing this review with the point of my nose because both of my hands are tied behind my back - hence no pizza for me. A good weeknight drink, DRINK 2008-2009.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
86
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied, with a fresh and lively interesting mix of red fruits, spice and black olive.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
87

winemaker's notes

Fresh and vibrant Merlot, bottled in all its youthful glory. Perfect for sharing with friends on a warm summer evening, Merlesco is a deliciously uncomplicated, juicy and fresh ‘little Merlot’. Winemaker Joe Grilli’s Italian family enjoy this style of young red lightly chilled and served alfresco over the summer.

Bouquet: Fresh blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit dominate.

Palate: Juicy young fruits of the forest flavours balanced by good acidity and soft tannins. Deliciously refreshing and quaffable.

Vineyard Region: Merlesco combines fruit from our two McLaren Vale vineyards. Our McMurtrie Road vineyard on the valley floor enjoys sunny days and cooling evening breezes from the nearby ocean. Our Angel Gully Vineyard in the McLaren Vale sub-region of Clarendon is the highest vineyard in McLaren Vale and has a long, slow growing season with cool nights and warm days on shale stone soil.

Vintage Conditions: One of our earliest vintages. The dry, warm growing season meant very early flowering while heavy rainfall in late January provided welcome relief for our dry grown Clarendon vineyard. Yields were average and 2016 was especially good for whites, Cabernet and Shiraz. This early, condensed vintage produced top quality fruit.

Winemaking: Night harvesting and stainless steel fermentation kept the fruit pristine and created a wine that is rich, soft and above all, full of juicy fruit. Light pumping over to extract colour was followed by gentle pressing and just four months ageing in old oak barrels has kept the fruit flavours fresh and young.

Food Matches: This is a wine to be drunk young and fresh. It will taste even better served out of tumblers at an alfresco table with antipasto, pizza or pasta.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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