Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 1998

Merlot from McLaren Vale, Australia

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Item No. 17923
  • red wine
  • W&S89
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Winemaker's Notes

The color is medium dark red with the hue extending all the way to the rim, indicative of its youth. Merlot is a very pretty wine. The fruit flavors of a typical example of this variety could be described as cherries and plums combined with the lifted fragrance of rose petals. These are the exact characters present in this wine. Add to this mixture plenty of toast and vanilla from new oak and you have a complex mixture of flavors, both delicate and powerful.

Whilst there is no lack of concentration this is not a heavy wine. The flavors fill the palate, but do not swamp it. The plum fruit character tends to be the most obvious, although there is a hint of secondary flavors such as chocolate and earthiness, which elevates the wine beyond mere fruity status.

Structurally the wine has plenty to offer with both chalky tannins and tingling acidity. This gives the wine definition to the finish at the present time, and will also assist the aging capacity in the future. It could comfortably age for 4-6 years. The choice is yours as to when you prefer to drink Merlot.

To re-enforce the plum fruit character match it with Peking style duck and plum sauce. The richness of the duck flesh is counterbalanced by the acidity in the wine. The plum flavor is obviously in both the wine and the dish.

Learn About Clarendon Hills Map ItMap It

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.

Learn About McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines. Notable Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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