Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot 1998
1 or more bottles$59.08
Gary Walsh95 points
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.
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"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."
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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.
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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.