Brini Estate Merlot 2014 Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale Australia 14%
Brini Estate Wines – Their Story
The Brini Family vineyard is located in the picturesque hills of Blewitt Springs, a sub region of McLaren Vale on predominantly sand to sandy loam soil over clay. It was here that I saw a wild grumpy-looking and rather dozy koala sitting in a tree high above the ground just calmly keeping watch over the vines in the Brini vineyard.
Sebastiano Brini immigrated from Italy in 1950 and the property was purchased in 1953. It was largely grazing land with some Shiraz and Grenache vines planted in 1947. Over the years, grapes have been supplied to some of the area’s finest red wine producers.
In 2000 Sebastiano’s sons John and Marcello established Brini Estate Wines to produce small batches of premium quality wines from the vineyard they grew up on. These single vineyard wines embody the regional characteristics of Blewitt Springs – distinguished, elegant and rich berry flavoured.
98% Merlot and 2% Shiraz. Matured for 18 months in American and French oak barrels
The Brini Merlot exhibits a vibrant deep red colour, aromas of plum, juicy blackcurrants with a wisp of mellow oak. Plum liquorice and vanilla mingling with mulberry notes on the rich full palate, textured with silky tannins. A generous spicy ripe fruit finish lingering yet restrained. This is liquid decadence - smooth and velvety ripe fruit but on a cool south facing block of vines. The Shiraz rounds it out and I think this has a whiff of Petrus about it. Sumptuous!
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|Grape Variety (ies)||Merlot
|Food Accompaniment||Roast Shoulder of lamb