2016 Sandpiper Merlot
Deep red with purple hues. The nose shows aromas of lifted red plums and five spice with dark cherry notes. The palate is mid weight and juicy with plush, soft tannins. It shows a lively red fruit profile with savoury tones adding restraint and elegance to the finish.
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into a mix of French and American oak to mature (12 months in tight grain French and American oak).
A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January. The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February. A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions and a long even ripening period and excellent flavour development. The wine from 2016 show typical Barossa warmth and generosity and should age well.
90 Points - Bob Campbell MW
Sweet, succulent merlot with soft, ripe berry and plum flavours nicely seasoned with spicy oak and a suggestion of chocolate/mocha. A simple wine that's ready to drink. Offers good value at this price.
17.5 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Dark, deep, black-red colour with slight purple tints, near impenetrable and a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and deeply concentrated with aromas of ripe black plums along with blackcurrant notes, subtle nuances of dark herbs and dark-red florals, and savoury earth elements. Full-bodied, the palate has sweetly ripe dark plum fruit flavours with blackcurrants and dark herbs. The flavours are plush with soft, supple tannin structure in support, with soft acidity contributing to the palate roundness. The wine carries smoothly to a juicy, black plum, blackberry and herb-nuanced finish. This is a sweet-fruited Merlot with sweet black plum, blackberry and blackcurrant flavours on a plush, fulsome palate with supple tannins and a rounded mouthfeel. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 5-6 years.
4 Stars – Tony Love
Note the regional/zone detail is Barossa, which indicates there’s Eden Valley fruit in here and you can see it in attractive, lingering aromas of dark rose florals mixed with blackcurrant/ribena-like senses, as well as some mint and gum notes. There’s genuine depth of character here, building with black plum and berry flavours, subtle oak backdrops and soft tannin texturals. It’s great value and properly fulfilling.
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