Paringa Merlot 2009

Merlot from South Australia, Australia

$13.29
Item No. 115856
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • WS88
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WS87

Winemaker's Notes

Paringa Merlot 2009 shows vibrant maroon-to-purple hues, with lively cherry aromas, including hints of strawberry, along with a delicate but definite fragrance of violets that are balanced by a lightly charred cedar influence from oak maturation. The palate exhibits distinctive red berry flavors, balanced by well-integrated charryoak character. A seamless acidity enhances the fruit, giving an appealing mouthfeel, while a silky, smooth texture and subtle tannins add further complexity and provide a moderate-to-long, attractive finish.

This wine is ideally served at room temperature with meat dishes and hard cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"Velvety, round and appealing for its ripe currant flavor and hints of herb in the background. Nicely balanced. Drink now. 3,800 cases made."
88 Points

Learn About Paringa Map ItMap It

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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