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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Deep cherry red in color with a brick red hue. The bouquet is rich and complex with hints of violets, plums, a touch of spice and red cherries. The French oak is restrained and well integrated. Medium bodied with a strong mid palate of rich red berry and savory black olive notes. The texture is soft with integrated smoky vanilla French oak, finishing with a refined silky smooth tannin structure.
"The 2007 Gryphon Merlot spent 18 months in 35% new French oak. Medium crimson-colored, it delivers aromas of cigar box, cherry, rose petal, and cassis. Soft and easy-going on the palate, this friendly wine has no hard edges. Drink it over the next 4 years."
The Wine Advocate
Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families - the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.
Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of...Read More About Penley Estate
Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the...Read More About Coonawarra
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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