Auction

Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot 1998

SKU
PRCM199811 UCAU
  • "Much like a top Right Bank wine", Gary Walsh
  • 95 Points, Gary Walsh
  • Exceptional Drinking Right Now
  • Provenance Rating:
    5 Star review
  • Lot No: #KP 4231
  • Ullage: 5
  • Home Cellar
  • Capsule: 5
  • Label: 5
  • Stored:
3
5
15%

Bidding for this item as closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the shipping rates?

    Freight delivery charges per case are $11 for NSW, $12 for VIC, QLD and ACT, $15 for SA, $17 for TAS and WA, $18 for NT. This covers all insurance and handling costs. This case rate applies for the first 2 cases, and for each case thereafter the freight drops to $7 per case. We also offer special freight rates with special offers from time to time. For full information see our delivery information page.
  • What is your return policy?

    If you are not 100% happy with your purchase, please contact us within 30 days of sale to arrange for a return of remaining stock. On return we can use the returned value to replace with a preferred product, or as store credit for future purchases. (Please note that initial pickup/return is free of charge, however if changes are made after return has been initiated, or if a second lodgement is required, costs of subsequent pick up(s) will be deducted from overall credit raised.)In the instances of fault, we can arrange replacement, refund or store credit.Freight & 3% AMEX/Diners merchant fees are non-refundable.
  • What payment methods do you offer?

    We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and vouchers. Existing customers need only quote their customer ID or call their Cellar Angel who will gladly handle the details. 
  • Ca I cancel my order?

    If you wish to cancel your order for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please note that if products purchased are in stock, your order may be shipped well within 24 hours. Orders cancelled prior to shipment are entitled to a full refund/credit. If a retrieval or stop shipment is required, refund/credit will be issued on return of stock. Freight is non-refundable. Amex/Diners fees are non-refundable

Need Assistance?

Cant find what you are looking for, reach out to us below. 

  • Gary Walsh
    95 points

Editors notes

Brian Croser reports that the “ 1998 vintage was significantly cooler at 1401 degrees Celsius heat summation as against the districts average of 1414 degrees Celsius.” Both the Petaluma Merlot vineyards were drought affected which resulted in a diminished berry size “to the smallest in memory.” The crop level was higher than normal at 8 tonnes per hectare (3.2 tonnes per acre) which still produced a concentrated wine, with almost perfume like aromas.The wine was matured in new Nevers and Alliers oak casks and bottled after 18 months oak maturation.

Details

Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Cassis
    • Plum
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cherry
    • Plum
    • Redcurrant

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Gary Walsh

    95
    "Meaty, black olive, black fruit, plenty of cigar box and a slight menthol perfume. It’s ripe, medium to full bodied and powerful with fresh acid and ripe tannins still making their presence felt. Savoury bottle aged flavours mingle with classic Merlot character. Has length and interest. Much like a top Right Bank wine (sorry). Ripper."

Other vintages

Love this wine? Here's a list of other vintages we have in stock if you'd like to try them as well.

There are no other vintages found.

Current auction

All current auctions for this wine & any different vintages.

Locations

Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Coonawarra

Located in the Limestone Coast area of South Australia about 380km South East of Adelaide, near the border of Victoria Coonawarra is a Maritime climate due to it's proximity being only 60km from the ocean. The name translates as 'Honeysuckle' in Aboriginal language.

This region is known for it's elegant red wines derived from a thin lush 'Terra Rossa' rustic-copper coloured strip of soil abundant in iron, silica and other nutrients. This red earth is known to be one of the most notable 'terroir' soils in the world and distinct characteristics are picked up in the fruit. The quality of the grapes, unique Geology and growing conditions create the finest of wines with incredible longevity.

The red land was first harvested in 1890 by John Riddoch which then turned over to the hands of the Redman family who grew Shiraz as their main grape variety. In 1951, Samuel Wynn continued on the legacy by buying the original Riddoch cellars and led a revolution by making conventional table wines rather than the then popular fortified. There are many producers now but Cabernet Sauvignon is what the area is most renowned for in the wine world.

Recommended For You

Life is short … so you should savour every sip. That’s why we’ve specifically curated these wines and spirits, especially for you based on your profile, preferences, and past purchases. Enjoy!

Pairs Well With

Whether it's a decadent cheese, mouth-watering red meat, perfectly cooked poultry, succulent seafood, or a vegetarian feast, for every wine or spirit you choose from us, we provide you with a number of helpful suggestions for what will pair deliciously with your purchase.

Frequently Bought With

About the brand Petaluma

Petaluma was founded in 1976 and is built upon the 3 regions of Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Coonawarra in South Australia. They make ultra-premium wines by carefully selecting the best sites within a particular region suited to a chosen variety. The Senior Winemaker, Andrew Hardy, has been at Petaluma since 2004 and is a highly respected Australian winemaker.

In Petaluma's first releases, they flaunted the benefits of cold clarifying juice and non-oxidative handling. Petaluma also established the Project Co. series of wines to allow their winemakers to trial and test different wine styles. With intuitive handling from the first hand pick in the vineyard, the Petaluma team follow strict winemaking standards while responding to what the vintage offers up.

You May Also Like

Customer Reviews

Write Your Own Review
You're reviewing:Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot 1998
Your Rating

Never want to miss out? Allow Notifications to hear more from us

Remind me later

Thank you! Please check your email inbox to confirm.

Oops! Notifications are disabled.