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2016 Merlot


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Merlot was a lesson in fruit ripeness that we at Rhino loves Tiger loves Bear will cherish. What we at first thought to be a little green and lean has proven to show a remarkable balance of bright fruit, earthiness, sour acid and texture. Taken alone any of these characters might be overwhelming or unattractive but together have produced a remarkable wine. Shifting, complex & fantastical aromas of sour cherry & cassis, wet earth, tobacco leaf, cedar, liquorice, leather, dark chocolate and rich vanillin oak spice. A juicy and almost crunchy front palate of bright cassis, cherry pit, passionfruit and tobacco leads to deliciously sour & mineral acid, rich spiced dark chocolate, cherry, hints of coconut and supple, ultrafine tannins.
We love this wine.


91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon were destemmed into open stainless steel fermenters for a quick, hot co-fermentation with indigenous yeast. The fermentation was followed by a prolonged post ferment maceration to establish the desired tannin profile, prior to pressing into 50% new and 50% neutral French oak barrels. The wine was then aged, undisturbed (other than topping and tasting) for 24 months prior to bottling.

Finer Details

Vintage: 2016

Region: Macedon Ranges

Micro-Region: Drummond North

Alcohol: 12.8%

Style: Racy, Complex and Creamy

Size: 750ml

Closure: Screw Cap

Varieties: Shiraz

Winemaking Style: Progressive

Cellaring Potential: Long Term

Classification: Organic, Single Vineyard, Natural Yeast