Merlot was one of the first varieties we planted on our Lovedale Road (LDR) vineyard in the early 90’s. The LDR Vineyard was a former cattle grazing property, before it was regenerated by Joss and Anna De Iuliis. Merlot is a favourite of Joss’s and so Mike makes it to keep his dad happy.
Aromatics of sensationally uplifted spice & pepper notes, with subtle cherry. An explosion of cranberries at the front of the palate, that flows into a savoury finish with clove and pepper. A vibrant red, with soft and structured tannins.
2020 was the fourth year of hot and dry weather in the Hunter. 2020 also produced low yielding vines with intensely concentrated fruit.
Merlot has the potential for short term ageing but we really enjoy the bright characteristics and silky tannins on this wine right now. The choice is yours to either drink up or stash away for the next five years.
In summer, drink alongside cheeses like gruyere, manchego and comté and charcuterie like proscuitto or bresaola. In winter, those richer heavy dishes like beef bourguignon will be a treat with the 2020 Special Release Merlot.
Michael De luliis & Conor Brasier