2009 Three Hills Merlot


Merlot is oft not a variety that wine companies choose to produce as a single varietal wine. It can be prone to large variations between vintage and can be overly soft if not managed properly in the vineyard and winery. Early on Erl Happ realised that he could grow and make high quality Merlot. He eventually earned the reputation as "The Merlot Man" throughout the region. Our Three Hills Merlot embodies the true potential of Merlot and has a loyal following all over the country.

AROMA: A lifted and complex aroma displaying black jubes, green plum, forest floor, dark chocolate and tomato leaf. The wine responds well to some air to reveal ripe mulberry and black forest characters.

PALATE: This is a medium to full bodied wine with great fruit depth. The wine displays an abundance of dark fruit, bitter chocolate and black jubes characters with hints of earth, game and mint. The tannins are noticeable yet soft and fine and the palate length impressive for this variety.

VARIETIES: 85% Merlot 8.5% Malbec & 6.5% Cabernet.

ANALYSIS: Alc/Vol: 14.2%, Acidity: 6.5 g/L, pH: 3.61, Residual Sugar: < 0.1 g/L.

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