2018 Beal & Co Little Red

Adelaide Hills, SA

Juicy, delicious and all-too-easy-to-drink Merlot from talented young winemaker Callum Beal.

$22.00

Rated 4.4 out of 5
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About

About The Wine

Callum Beal is bringing Merlot back.

He believes the Adelaide Hills can grow some great, smashable versions of the variety. Here's a good example of what he's talking about.

Matured in stainless after a month on skins and whole-berry fermented, Beal is striving for freshness and drinkability - something more akin to a Beaujolais Nouveau than a dusty old Bordeaux.

It's medium-bodied, flush with plums and savoury black olive tapenade notes, and has more interest and drinkability than most Australian Merlots you'll meet. 

Perfect drinking for backyards and BBQs while the weather is warm.

About Beal & Co.

Callum Beal is one of the younger generation rising stars of the Adelaide Hills wine scene.

As a sommelier-turned-retailer-turned-winemaker/grape-grower, Callum took the long way round to come back to his home of in the Hills. His parents own a small, picturesque vineyard in the Lobethal sub-region which supplies the backbone of his range.

His wines are about accessibility and slurpability. Made with a lo-fi sensibility but with a strong scientific backbone, his range is continuing to expand, taking in fruit from his neighbours and planting his own vineyard in the Hills with an eye toward the future. 

Beal & Co is one of those names you should tuck in your Little Black Book. The wines are killer and offer great value for money. He is, without doubt, one of the names to watch in the region over the coming years.

Winemaker Callum Beal
Additional Info

From The Producer

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.

Blend : Merlot (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Beal & Co Merlot fermenting
Beal & Co Merlot fermenting
Adelaide Hills, SA
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Red berry fruit, red plums and a hint of tomato leaf, strong black olive tapenade thing going on. It's a lovely thing to drink. Soft and supple in structure, it's slurpy and refreshing. So bright, so friendly. Ace Merlot for early drinking. - Different Drop Wine Team

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Not the best

ad this for a blind wine tasting night and it didnt get much love. Lots of sediment in the bottle and tasted thin

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Interesting wine

Very interesting wine; lots of raspberry notes and a hint of smokiness/barkiness. And then some strong tannin happening - in fact, it was more like a clump, including a few stems, around the neck of the bottle that I chose to remove before drinking. Was very pleasant drinking with a bit of time to breath. It would go well with a steak.

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Great VFM

Great value for money drop

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Easy drinking and bark-y

Easy to knock back, strong tannin and barkiness. Had a real stick kind of flavour, and then I found a bit of stick in the bottom of the bottle so that made sense.

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Great value

Cracking little merlot. Such good value at this price point. Will definitely be buying more

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