2017 Gioiello Estate Merlot
Matured in French oak barriques for 18 months, 20% of which were new.
Deep dark red black coloured core with a dark red hue. Attractive scents of blackcurrant and mulberry merge with cedary tobacco, earthy dried herb and spice notes. Medium bodied there’s ample flesh to this very Bordeaux like Merlot. Rich blackcurrant and mulberry fruits oversee a cedary tobacco, earthy black olive and spicy dried herb background. Slightly dryish but very well integrated tannins only serve to enhance the wines polished feel. Excellent depth with plenty of varietal character on the long finish.
Drink over the next 2-3 years.
Hand-picked, destemmed and crushed into small open fermenters, matured for 18 months in French oak. No frills other than the benefit of the '17 vintage that invests the wine with very good length and a pleasing finish. Drink by 2040.
James Halliday's Wine Companion (August 2020)