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The Beal & Co. Merlot is grown on Callum Beal's family vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. The Merlot is his pride and joy. Every berry was destemmed, and fermented with indigenous yeasts, then left alone in oak for 18 months prior to bottling. This is a serious Merlot that Callum is extremely excited about releasing. It's firmly structured yet approachable. A very beautiful take on this variety from a young gun South Australian winemaker.
What it Tastes Like
Dark, broody Merlot. Sure-footed with long ropes of tannin strung between plums and blackberries and olive. There's some garden herb there in the perfume. It drinks so well now, but easily has the legs for mid-term cellaring. Merlot fans will find plenty to like here.
Estate Grown, Adelaide Hills Merlot. Hand picked and destemmed to fermenter. Wild fermented and pressed after 39 days on skins. Matured in new and old French barriques for 18 months.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
Beal & Co
Beal & Co. is the new venture of Adelaide Hills winemaker Callum Beal. After working for years with many of the region’s top winemakers Callum’s gone out on his own, crafting tiny quantities of wine from his family vineyard. His focus is, for the moment, on Merlot, with the emphasis in his words being on making “wines with purity, concentration, and style with an emphasis on site.” An exciting producer to watch.
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
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