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Yarra Valley Merlot 2016

Coldstream Hills

Yarra Valley Merlot 2016

Coldstream Hills

Yarra Valley Merlot 2016

RRP (750 mL)
$35.00
750 mL
$22.00
6 x 750 mL
$132.00

Overview

Overview

Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday and has since grown to become one of Australia's leading and most awarded small wineries.

Although a temperamental variety in the vineyard, Merlot is particularly well suited to the warmer slopes of the Yarra Valley. Ripe and plush, with generous characters of dark cherry, blackberry and plum. Secondary notes of violets, black olive and anise spice add complexity, with the warmer vintage providing a persistent fine-grained tannin finish. A popular wine here at Coldstream Hills, it's a great value red to have on hand for all occasions.

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2016
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14%
Peak Drinking Now - 2024
Winemaker Andrew Fleming

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Attractive and ripe, with red cherry and underlying blackberry and violet notes. Cedar-like French oak adds complexity and is further enhanced by nuances of anise and nutmeg spice.

Flavours and Palate

Medium bodied in style, the palate is both supple and textural and finishes with ripe, chalk-like tannins. Dark cherry and plum characters dominate, with seamless French oak, black olive and hints of five-spice in the background.

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Pork
Lamb
Cheese
Cured Meat
Pasta
Pizza

Viticulture

Viticulture

An un-seasonally warm Spring led to early budburst and fruit set. Canopies were healthy with yields generally above average. Dry, favourable conditions ensued with rapid fruit ripening and an uncharacteristically compressed vintage. Fruit quality was high, with the wines produced being generous in flavour.

Sourced from our Vineyard at Gladysdale in the Upper Yarra, as well as the Coldstream Hills Amphitheatre Block, each parcel of fruit was handled separately. Fermented in either open or static fermenters, the wine was then matured for sixteen months in new and seasoned oak prior to blending and bottling.