Vineyard: Merlot is grown on the Riley's estate located approximately central in the Eden Valley wine region. The soil profile is predominately sandy loam over clay, which allows for good drainage and water retention throughout the drier months. The vineyard is ideal for Merlot grapes, with cool evening temperatures developing into warm to hot days at an altitude of 440m. Minimal irrigation is required with most years stated as a 'Dry Grown' vineyard.
Season: The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to the dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March which eased the stress on all varieties. The fruit matured with an earlier harvest, as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.
Wine making: The Merlot grapes were hand picked and made on the family estate. The juice was gently pressed in a traditional basket press before skin contact and increased ferment temperatures assisted wine making to maintain colour and delicate aromas of the Merlot grapes. Within weeks the processed wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barriques to mature for a further 18 months.
Appearance: Deep purple
Aroma/Bouquet: Dark berry fruits are dominating with intense satsuma plum and morello cherry.
Palate: A medium to full bodied wine on the palate with plush dark red berries and hints of blue fruits. Obvious notes of dark chocolate and mint weave through the palate to deliver a silky smooth but slightly grippy finish.
Food Pairing: Grilled meats, caramelized onion with roast tomatoes and goat curd or something sweet dark chocolate fondue with fresh berries.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine
A superb collection of six award winning single estate wines. Hand crafted in Barossa’s beautiful high country – Eden Valley. These six wines can be decanted and enjoyed within hours with the option to cellar.
Six Pack Includes;
1) Eden Hall Wines 2015 Block 4 Shiraz
Selected from a premium parcel of Shiraz fruit to showcase the best of the Eden Hall site. The vineyard rows are established north to south to maximise quality under the management of Viticulturist Dan Falkenberg (Barossa’s 2019 Viticulturist of the year). The vineyard site rests over fractured rock and sandy loam on a deep clay base.
The wine displays refined silky tannins with rich dark red berry fruits, notes of liquorice, chocolate and spiced pepper.
2) Chaffey Bros Wine Co. 2015 Elijah Shiraz
Located in the northern end of the Barossa, is the Elijah Shiraz vineyard. Noted as the top end of town in red wine production, these Shiraz grapes grow in heavy clay soil with no irrigation and survive on low annual rainfall.
The wine is majestic! Striking blue fruits with a silky foundation of dark chocolate notes, Chinese five spice, soy sauce and a abundance of concentrated fruit that lingers.
3) Sorby Adams 2015 The Reverend Canon Shiraz & Cabernet Blend
The wine is named in honour of Simon's great uncle; The Reverend Canon, who was a minister at St. Hugh’s Church in the town of Angaston (1956 – 1960) Barossa.
Just like the Reverend Canon, the wine embraces strength and power with intense deep red colour and purple hues. A rich complex palate of dark berries, seasoned oak and Morello cherry notes. Cellaring will only bless this great wine, if one has the patience!
4) Poonawatta 2015 Four Corners Shiraz
The Four Corners Shiraz is a collection of four outstanding vineyards across the Eden Valley region; also known as Barossa’s high country. Showcasing a region within the region, has delivered a wine with depth and complexity.
The four corners is concentrated with noted blue and blackberry fruits, lifted spice and nutmeg is obvious. Hints of French oak are compelling.
5) Forbes & Forbes 2014 Alexander Murray Blend
An unusual year to have all three red wine varieties ripen at once; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc. This uncommon red wine blend has long been a favourite for many Forbes fans. With the depth of colour, the fresh minty nose, along with Christmas spices, dark chocolate, seasoned oak and delightful ripe sweet fruits to savour.
This wine is alluring and invites conversation. Highly recommend for those seeking something different from the Barossa.
6) Riley’s of Eden Valley 2016 Eden Valley Merlot
Merlot is an excellent red wine variety to grow in the high country of the Barossa. The warm days lead into cool, breezy evenings. The sandy loam soil allows for ideal drainage and a deep layer of red clay sustains moisture when the vines require replenishment.
The wine delivers obvious intensity and power to match the deep red colour and concentrated fruity nose. Minerals intertwine with raspberry, satsuma plum, Morello cherry, coffee beans and dark coverture chocolate.
Youthful and enjoyable but so worth collecting a few for the cellar.