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"I am not a fan of Australian Merlot, but Paringa's 2002 Merlot Individual Vineyard offers persuasive evidence that some producers get it right. A New World effort with a deep saturated ruby color and a bouquet reminiscent of Haagen-Daz mint chocolate chip ice cream, it reveals nicely textured, chocolatey, berry fruit flavors that are pure, authoritative, and supple. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. This is a lot of Merlot for the money."-The Wine Advocate
Alan Robb Hickinbotham (David's grandfather) became a founder of the Australian wine industry almost by accident. In May of 1936, Hickinbotham established the Roseworthy Oenology course with the intent of furthering winemaking by instructing viticulturalists to use scientific research to produce better wine.
David eventually purchased 300 acres of prime vineyard land in McLaren...Read More About Paringa
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New...Read More About Other Australia
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...Read More About Merlot
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