Basket Range Wines Merlot 2019


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The Wine

The Merlot sits in the warmer pocket at the top of a gully. This is the first year we have made a straight Merlot. It will open up nicely with a bit of air.


SOIL: Blue and red clay over sandstone with schist and ironstone.

WINEMAKING: 100% de-stemmed to tank for fermentation. Two weeks on skins with gentle pump overs. 8 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads.


The Review

Picked on flavour off the vine. Vibrancy and tannin the aim. Merlot in the Hills isn’t a sin. This one proves a saint.

Such a serious, deeply flavoured, tannin shaped and brilliant wine. Speaks fluently of sunshine in a cool to warm place, held back and shaped magnificently by ropes of chewy, puckering tannin while a sluice of amaro-laced acidity sloshes in and freshens everything. Feels like just ripe plum, a bite with tension and strength then that sensation of yield. Dark berries, fennel and bay leaf, faintest char and graphite minerality. Unreal

95 Points, Mike Bennie, The Winefront