Fox Creek Reserve Merlot

Merlot

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Current vintage

2008

A rich fruit wine with aromas of dark berry fruit, savoury characters and chocolate. The flavours are of plum, dark fruits and spicy oak with a long, soft finish. For lovers of smooth, soft and flavoursome red wine.

Appearance

Deep red with a ruby rim.

Bouquet

Red cherry with a hint of musk, earthy with a hint of bracken and a heady mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and toast.

Palate

Bright red cherries, blackberry, plums and quince fill a luscious mid palate all framed by elegant and textural grape and oak tannins. A serious merlot in which balance is the key.

Winemaking

Sourced from premium McLaren Vale vineyards with well drained sandy loam soils, this wine is blended from 2 clones new to Australia. These new clones respond well to this region and to our winemaking regime, with the wine exhibiting more aroma and flavour as well as finishing with finer tannins than what has been traditionally produced from D3V14. The grapes were harvested when fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids reached maturity. Fermentation on skins was for 8 - 10 days with a 90% of the wine completing barrel fermentation in predominantly older hogsheads. Maturation of each vineyard and clone batch occurred in specialised 2-3 year old oak barrels from a selection of French coopers. Barrel by barrel tasting during all stages of fermentation and barrel maturation was performed to ensure only the best Merlot barrels were selected for use in the final blend.

Technical analysis

  • Alcohol 14.5%

Ageing potential

Drink between 2009 and 2016

Awards

Gold Medal, Five Nations Wine Challenge 2011
Gold Medal, (Best Australian Merlot), Mondial du Merlot 2010
Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge Catavinum 2011
Silver Medal (Best in Class), International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010
Bronze Medal, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010
Bronze Medal, Royal Queensland Wine Show 2010
Bronze Medal, Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2010
Bronze Medal, Royal Queensland Wine Show 2009
Recommended, WSA Wine Challenge, Singapore 2010
Commended, International Wine Challenge (UK) 2010
Commended, Japan Wine Challenge 2010
Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards 2010

Viticulturalist

Nick Wiltshire

Winemaker

Scott Zrna and Chris Dix

Tasting notes

2008 Reserve Merlot

2008 Reserve Merlot in Large Print

2005 Reserve Merlot

Press Reviews

"So very much Merlot is a disappointment, this isn't; Having slammed the variety so many times it's an incredible treat to taste a wine of such individual character, its depth is amazing and richness almost overwhelming teetering on the edge of obesity fortunately all parts are in balance and the after taste is quite magnificent although still showing some raw oak; good to taste but still needs a couple of years bottle age before it really shows its true beauty; 94 points now with a couple more down the track and worth its $40."
 Tony Keys, Key Review, July 2010

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