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Wine Recommendation: Liebichwein The Potter’s Merlot 2008, Barossa Valley

A wine named after Samuel Hoffmann, a master potter and craftsman who settled on our property in 1848. Remains of his activities can be found today as shards, but alas, very few whole pots still exist.

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This Merlot planted in 1989 by Ron Liebich, began the new vineyard in the winery block. Merlot vines are trained on 5 foot high single wire trellis system to maximise ripening the fruit.

Vines are grafted onto two varieties of rootstocks and now yield between 3 to 5 tonnes per acre depending on the season. A relatively low yield of 2 tonnes/ acre, in a warmer than normal vintage, has produced fruit with opulent flavours. Traditional techniques of production and subsequent 24 months maturation in various aged French Vosques and Nevers oak barrels have resulted in a Merlot of weight and complexity. Deep crimson in colour with browning edges. The seductive nose of ripe mulberry and pomegranate aromas integrated with soft wood tannins, draw you into the ripe fruit and spicy flavours. Fine-grain tannins, viscosity and a long, rounded finish feature in this wine. Cellar now to 10 years.

 

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