James Irvine `Grand` Merlot 2006 (6 x 750mL), Eden Valley, SA.

As Pinot Noir is the holy grail to many Australian winemakers, so the making of a “Grand Merlot” is to James Irvine.

Overview

As Pinot Noir is the holy grail to many Australian winemakers, so the making of a “Grand Merlot” is to James Irvine.

Region:
SA - Eden Valley
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Rating 94 - James Halliday - Published on 03 Aug 2010, Australian Wine Companion

If you must use a cork, it should be as long as, and as well inserted as, the cork in this bottle; 23 months in (French) Allier oak, strong varietal fruit and bottle age all combine to make this an impressive wine with layers of plum and spice running through to the long finish.

Winery Tasting Notes

The intriguing plummy depths, full complete racy flavours; balancing tannins and premium oak interaction, with overall complexity and satisfaction of style is how the Irvine “Grand Merlot” is perceived.

The Grand Merlot shows all the characters we were after and represents a high level of refinement of style and individuality. Further comparisons of analysis of Merlot from overseas and Australia plus intuitive drawings from forty plus years winemaking has brought about a number of changes to the Grand Merlot over the years. The changes have resulted in a more complex wine than usual with tobacco/leather overtones above the plummy bouquet.

Deeper tannins have added to the palate, firming the end but still leaving the plum fruitiness in mid-palate. There is a light pepperiness which adds to the overall kaleidoscope of the bouquet. The grandness in all this mostly refers to the completeness of the wine and its ability to express itself in a totally prestigious way. Refinements in the winemaking which in themselves are well known, plus one or two that are particular to Irvine “Grand Merlot” results in the very special differences which no other Merlot can emulate. The finish is so clean and so distinctively Merlot that we are proud to be makers of such a wine.