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Four Sisters Merlot

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Ah Four Sisters, we've missed your distinctive label!

Former Mount Langi Ghiran great Trevor Mast kicked off this brand some years ago, with the label image drawn by one of his daughters.

We haven’t seen the brand in ages though, until we spotted this 2014 Four Sisters Merlot in the Melbourne Wine Awards results catalogue.

Lo and behold, it looks the brand is back with a bang, as this Merlot scored a massive 96 points and a gold medal!

After trying the wine we can understand why it bagged all the shiny medals too – it’s an impressive wine, with loads of red earth and plum, chocolate, more plum and then more plum all over a generous backdrop of plum, a side of mint and soft tannins. Lovely juicy red for immediate lovin'.

All up, this is a really tasty juicy red that bagged 96 points and a gold medal just the other week and is available now... Don't miss out!

Winemaker's Notes

Vineyards: The fruit was sourced from two individual vineyard sites across the Central Victoria grape growing region. The average ages of the vines are 15 years. Soil types across each individual site vary from sandy loam soils with some clay content through to very sandy soils on the banks of the Goulburn River. Vintage Conditions: The growing season in 2014 presented some challenges including frost in late 2013 and extreme heat in early 2014. Once harvesting began in late January we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fruit and the resulting wines. Yields were down but quality was up this year. Whites have good varietal character, with great flavour, whilst the reds have beautiful colour and flavour intensity.

Winemaking: The grapes for this wine were picked in the cool hours of early morning, ensuring the retention of varietal character whilst modern winemaking techniques were employed through the entire process. After crushing, the must was fermented in a combination of rotary and sweeping arm fermenters to assist with the gentle extraction of flavour and tannins. Minimal oak handling was also an important factor allowing the fruit to be the primary feature of this wine.

Tasting Notes: Delicate fruit flavours of plums, cherries and mulberry are combined with a subtle hint of sweet cocoa to create a soft, rounded wine.

Food Match: A perfect match with mushroom risotto, beef teriyaki or Peking duck

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Four Sisters Merlot

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Royal Melbourne Wine Show (2014 Vintage) says
Gold Medal - Class 50 (2014 Merlot)
now till 2020
96
Royal Melbourne Wine Show (2014 Vintage) says
Gold Medal - Class 50 (2014 Merlot)
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The bottle carries the slogan 'Four Sisters. The Spirit of Sisterhood'. And we don't know about you, but that seems pretty meaningless to us. Still, it's catchy. A lot of inexpensive merlot is pretty dire - indeed, so too is a lot of the spendy stuff. This isn't a bad drop though. It tastes of plums and violets, cherries and Turkish delight. You'd call it sweetish, or at least sweet in terms of a dry table wine. Very easy to quaff.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
85

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