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Craneford Merlot 2002

Merlot from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

"Surprise, surprise, the 2002 Merlot is knock-out stuff. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by juicy aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, berries, and toasty oak, supple tannin, large, corpulent flavors, and well-integrated acidity. It should drink well for 7-10 years. Run by Don Zilm, this impressive winery fashions textbook Barossa cuvees, meaning power, thickness, intensity as well as surprising balance. Most importantly, prices are shockingly low for such quality."
-Wine Advocate

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Craneford, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Established in Springton in 1978, Craneford Wines was relocated to its current home in Truro in 1998. It has grown to be a self-sufficient wine production facility. Wines are made from start to finish on site. This gives us quality control of the wine at all times.

In mid 2006, Carol Riebke was appointed as winemaker with John Glaetzer overseeing. John is a winner of four Jimmy Watson Trophy's during his extensive career as chief red wine maker at Wolf Blass Wines. As a team, Carol and John ensure that premium quality wine making remains the focus at Craneford Wines.

Fruit parcels from our growers are independently processed during the winemaking process. This maintains the unique character of each vineyard. Final blends are made only after the wines have been individually tasted and analysed to ensure that they show classic Barossa Valley flavours as well as being complex and well balanced. Craneford’s aim is to continually produce the highest quality wine from the best Barossa Valley fruit available.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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