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Woodside Valley Estate The Bissy Merlot

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A lively garnet red hue. Attractive earthy, chocolate mud cake aromas introduce the wine and are supported by dark cherry fruit and just enough roasted cedar to highlight the premium French oak component at work. The palate is concentrated and long with a delicious fine dusty tannin structure and yet it retains a fresh and buoyant kirsch flavour profile at the core. The combination of vibrant natural fruit acidity and moreish dusty mocha style oak presents a tantalizing starting point for a potentially long and distinguished life in bottle. Showing outstanding structure and complexity for a pure Merlot this wine should only improve in the medium term and will drink well towards 2020.

Winemaker's Notes

A lively garnet red hue. Attractive earthy, chocolate mud cake aromas introduce the wine and are supported by dark cherry fruit and just enough roasted cedar to highlight the premium French oak component at work. The palate is concentrated and long with a delicious fine dusty tannin structure and yet it retains a fresh and buoyant kirsch flavour profile at the core. The combination of vibrant natural fruit acidity and moreish dusty mocha style oak presents a tantalizing starting point for a potentially long and distinguished life in bottle. Showing outstanding structure and complexity for a pure Merlot this wine should only improve in the medium term and will drink well towards 2020.

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Woodside Valley Estate The Bissy Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
91
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Still a very tight and retrained merlot when tasted. Firm sinewy tannins and seriously fine grained oak hold tightly to the red berry fruit. Has a leafy tobacco cedary character with a slightly chewy palate. Touch of mint and dusty earthiness completes the palate mix. It's quite assertive and needs some time with that back palate grip.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
89
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
A little tighter and finer than the previous vintage without the earthy rustic characters. Great purity and pristine character on the nose and palate. It's perfectly augmented with oak and the fruit displays a wonderfully fragrant red berry leaf. Firmish tannins are fine and the oak silky and seamless. Good medium term cellaring.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
There is a certain rustic earthiness about this merlot. The nose shows a light leafy plum and cedary mix. The palate is pure and smooth with dusty dry tannins supporting the sweet tight berry flavours. At the moment the cedary vanillin oak dominates but with another year or so it will knit together perfectly. Very stylish wine.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
We reckon it's a nice wine, but we can't see the price-tag in it. It tastes plummy, chocolatey, spicy and a bit cabbagey. It's silky on your tongue but has pinches of dried herbs, black olives and red fruits. Not concentrated but charming in its own way.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
89
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
Another in the medium-weight zone. Bouquet offers some nice light mint and dusty oak with a distinctive brambly influence. The palate is neatly integrated with fine, sinewy tannins, cedary spicy oak and a little medium-weight fruit intensity.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
87
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Nose tending towards savoury aromas. Palate lighter than nose indicates, with its plum flavours and dusty oak.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light but bright colour; a lively wine, but seems to have been picked just a little too early; while the flavours are correct, not enough mid-palate vinosity.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Inky, chocolaty bouquet with blackcurrants pushing through. Nice palate weight, with subtle light fruit and spicy oak flavours that linger.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
An attractive light to medium-bodied varietal wine, the character of merlot clearly expressed; fine, soft olive, gentle earth and red fruit flavours; fine, soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clear-cut, no compromise, varietal character with green olive, spice, earth and bitter chocolate; fine tannins, quality oak and a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Subdued bouquet, but very long and stylish in the mouth; olive, cedar, blackcurrant; fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
A fragrant bouquet has touches of mint and leaf, the lively palate showing red and blackcurrant fruit complemented by good k management; combines elegance and flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
Here is a wine, which demonstrates a real future for this variety in this area. The structure is about finesse and refinement. At the same time there is plenty of sustained power on the palate. Strong mineral characters emerge with fine strong tannins and a long penetrating finish. This wine has a future in the cellar
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
90

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