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Ah Merlot, is there a more misunderstood grape in all the land? And it's pretty easy to see why given our history of producing ripe, jammy wines with little interest from this noble grape. The Beal & Co Little Red is a different creature. It's more like a Merlot Nouveau. Matured in stainless after 33 days on skins and whole-berry ferment, winemaker Callum Beal striving for freshness and drinkability from this much-maligned variety. It's light and has a Summery feel and more interest than many a Merlot. This is Merlot with a new look.
What it Tastes Like
Red berry fruit, red plums and a hint of tomato leaf. It's a good thing to drink. Soft and supple structure, it's juicy and refreshing. So bright, so friendly. Ace Merlot for early drinking.
Estate Grown, Adelaide Hills Merlot. Hand picked and destemmed to fermenter. Whole berry, wild fermented and pressed after 33 days on skins. Matured in tank for 12 months.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
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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