Tatachilla Clarendon Vineyard Merlot 2002 (6x750mL) McLaren Vale, SA

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Overview

Deep brick red Bouquet Lifted aromas of savoury dark plummy fruit with background elements of cedary oak. This Merlot was fermented in small vats with traditional pump over and rack and return methods used to extract the most out of the skins.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Savoury, earthy fruit, the back label explaining ‘a long silky finish is defined by grippy oak tannin.’ Hmm." - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

"... cedary with a sedate strain of blackberry lurking in the shadows, followed by some intriguing stewed rhubarby characters..." - Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, 26 July 2006

"... Ripe blackcurrant and plum flavours entwined with complex cedar and toast oak flavours finish with a merlot more in common with Bordeaux than McLaren Vale. It's truly delicious." - Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times, July 2006

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep brick red Bouquet Lifted aromas of savoury dark plummy fruit with background elements of cedary oak.

Palate

The palate is rich and ripe, with lush dense fruit. A long silky finish is defined by grippy oak tannin.

Food Matching

Open one hour prior and serve at room temperature. An excellent accompaniment to hearty meats and tomato based dishes.

Cellaring Potential

The wine looks fresh and young at the moment, with the primary fruit characters dominating. With time, secondary developed characters will evolve and the wine will gain greater complexity.

Tatachilla’s Clarendon Vineyard is located in the foothills between McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Consequently it enjoys the benefits of both regions. Cooler than McLaren Vale and drier than the Adelaide Hills it produces wines with a fine balance and pronounced varietal character.

Vintage The climatic conditions during the vintage were challenging with rains late in the season. Cool temperatures allowed for very gradual ripening which enhanced the intensity of fruit flavours. Low yields intensified fruit depth.

This Merlot was fermented in small vats with traditional pump over and rack and return methods used to extract the most out of the skins. This wine was matured for 18 months in new + one-two year old French oak adding complexity and balance.

Vintage
2002
Region
SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Merlot
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

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Tatachilla has been a part of McLaren Vale since vines were first planted over 100 years ago. Today the bright patchwork of olive groves, avocado orchards and rows of vines bordered by the South Australian coast impart a Mediterranean flavour to this evolving region.

Established in 1903, Tatachilla’s commitment to McLaren Vale has remained strong throughout the years. Its vineyards are scattered amongst the sloping hills and tapered basin of McLaren Vale, with fruit for Tatachilla’s wines sourced from key McLaren Vale subregions: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale North & South and Clarendon.

Tatachilla’s own Clarendon Vineyard is the heart of Tatachilla, and the basis for our finest expressions of McLaren Vale wine.

Tatachilla’s wines evoke classic McLaren Vale characteristics blended with contemporary Mediterranean cues. The wines reflect the true character of the grapes, balancing a healthy respect for the vineyard with a light touch in the winery.

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