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New Release! The intensity from the famed "Terra Rossa" soils of our extensive vineyard holdings in Coonawarra achieves harmony and balance in our Merlot when we add a dash of our warmer climate Clare Valley Merlot. A final splash of our hearty, tightly-structured Coonawarra Cabernet adds a bolt of strength to the blend and makes the package complete.
A joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Rosemount Estate, Kirralaa Merlot was blended by Tim Mondavi, Philip Shaw and Ian Shepherd.
"Coonawarra is one of the best areas for Merlot. It's continental climate produces vibrant fruit characters that have considerable palate weight. We couldn't reist putting a very stong parcel of Clare Valley Merlot in the blend - this added some sweet fruit to the mid-palate and rounded the wine off nicely. Merlot should have a syrup-like texture with plump, soft tannin. Hopefully we have achieved that." -winemaker Ian Shepherd
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
A partnership in winemaking between California's Robert Mondavi and Australia's Rosemount Estate, Kirralaa is one of the two labels produced by this joint venture. Adopting a rule that neither company was allowed to work in its own backyard, Kirralaa was made in Australia by the Mondavi team lead by winemaker Tim Mondavi. An Australian word for star, Kirralaa (wines) break the...Read More About Kirralaa
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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