Minko Merlot 2012 Estate Grown

Minko Merlot 2012 Estate Grown comes from Mt Compass in Fleurieu Peninsula. As the producer says “This low yielding variety is ideal for the cool maritime climate of Mt.Compass which contributed to this soft velvety mouth feel of the Merlot.

How does the Minko Merlot taste like? Is it really as velvety as the label says? Let’s check Wine Lady’s tasting note for Minko Merlot Estate Grown 2012 from South Australia!

A very pleasant wine with dark ruby colour; quite pale and thick. The bouquet is complex but plum is definitely the main ingredient of it. It gives nice aromas of fresh ripe red plums, plum jam, black cherries and blackberries. The secondary aromas, which come out of the glass few minutes later, are also amazing: notes of oak, vanilla and spices with a hint of herbs at the very end.

In the mouth Minko Merlot 2012 is very fruity, well-balanced and smooth. And yes, it is as delicate and velvety as the producer said although in the body is medium/full to full. The alcohol gives a slightly warm feeling while the acidity is lively and reminds of red currant one.

As I wrote Minko Merlot 2012 is very fruity. In the glass you will find plum, black cherry, black currant and blackberry flavours. Aftertaste is more into the barrel flavours and shows notes of oak, vanilla, liquorice and lots of spices. Finish is solid with subtle, round tannins and a hint of black pepper.



Minko Merlot 2012 Estate Grown – wine review:

Wine – Merlot Estate Grown
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – Fleurieu Peninsula
Vintage – 2012
Grape varieties – Merlot 100%
Producer – Minko Wines
Winemaker – James Hastwell
Availability – South Australia; also available in UK
Vineyards – cool maritime climate vineyards in Mt Compass
Soils – glacial sands over ironstone
Style and type – still; red, dry
Alcohol – 14%
Barrel ageing – yes, French and American oak for 18 months
Serving temperature – 15-18°C
Price range – 24$
Others – titratable acid 5,28g/L; pH 3,49; RI 2,0g/L
Tasting date – March 2015, Willunga, South Australia


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