Paringa Merlot 2004

Merlot from South Australia, Australia

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Item No. 97419
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WS87

Winemaker's Notes

One has come to expect wine with a deep and rich color from Paringa, and the 2004 Merlot is no exception: a brilliant, velvety garnet with more than a hint of purple to indicate its youth.

The nose is soft and shy at the moment, not surprising as the wine was only one year old and recently bottled when tasted. However, there is sufficient character on the nose to indicate not only its breeding, but also its future potential with hints of violet. The palate is balanced with a touch of oak and ripe tannins in the finish.

This is a wine that reflects its heritage, with excellent fruit from the Paringa vineyards, and skilled winemaking by Mike Farmilo leading to a Merlot that will develop into an even lovelier wine with 2 or 3 more years in bottle. Watching this wine develop and blossom over the next few years will be an experience on its own, so cellaring a few bottles is recommended.

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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...

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Learn About South Australia

The majority of wines from Australia come from this state. Home to the red wine regions of McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.

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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