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Reynolds Merlot 2001

Merlot from Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Has a lot going for it, from the rich, dark color to the savory plum and tobacco flavors to the soft, detailed tannins

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Reynolds

Reynolds

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Reynolds, Australia
Reynolds was founded in 1995 with the planting of the Little Boomey vineyard near Molong in the Central West of New South Wales. Subsequently floated on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in May 1999, Cabonne has invested A$45 million to date in the development of 900 hectares of vineyards, representing: 2,999 kilometres of vines 1.15 millon grape vines Reynolds has developed four vineyards producing 80% red grapes: Little Boomey - north of Orange, 503 hectares under vines Angullong - south of Orange, 186 hectares Mayfield - east of Orange, 40 hectares Wirrilla - near Gundagai, 180 hectares Following its listing on the ASX in May 1999, Reynolds has invested over $17 million in a new winery at Cudal, 40 kms west of Orange. Opened on 29 March 2000 by the Premier of New South Wales, The Hon. Bob Carr, the winery capacity now at 10,000 tonnes will grow to 20,000 tonnes over the next four years. Its many outstanding features include a 10,000 barrel underground storage facility. In November 2000, Reynolds Wines Ltd (previously Cabonne) acquired The Reynolds Wine Company. Jon Reynolds subsequently joined Reynolds Wines as Chief Winemaker.

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A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is often misunderstood by consumers. It is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute critters on the label, though both can certainly be found here. It is impossible to make generalizations about a country this physically massive, but most regions are concentrated in the south of the country and experience either warm, dry weather, or more humid, tropical influence. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing and there is a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

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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