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Watkins Langhorne Creek Wavemaker Merlot 2021

Special Price $18.00 Regular Price $26.00
We make a lot of sh1t Merlot here in Australia, so it such a pleasure to have a really good one on board! There’s an opulence of Plums here shot through with Cabernet-like greenery. Fruit flavours, intensity and the length of this one are all excellent.
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Watkins Langhorne Creek Wavemaker Merlot
Wine Specs
Variety
Merlot
Vintage
2021
Winery
Winemaker
Sam Watkins
Body
Medium
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now - 2028
Bling
Gold Medal, 92pts Melbourne International Wine Competition
Alcohol %
14.5
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
Watkins wines began in Langhorne Creek in the 90’s. It retains those vineyard holdings and has augmented them by purchasing the Normans vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. The first releases under their own labels were good, and the new releases are excellent. Definitely a brand with a big future.
Langhorne Creek, SA

Region

Langhorne Creek, SA

Around 50km southeast of Adelaide, and just north of Lake Alexandrina, Langhorne Creek is ...
Around 50km southeast of Adelaide, and just north of Lake Alexandrina, Langhorne Creek is one of the oldest vineyard regions in South Australia. With vines first planted in 1860's, it is predominately a producer of full-bodied reds. Cabernet sauvignon and shiraz do well in the cool climate, and benefit from the unique soils along the riverbanks. The climate is often cool, with southerly winds coming in from the ocean and blowing straight across Lake Alexandrina. Like most South Australian regions, the heat will kick in when the wind comes down from the north in summer, but there are intermittent and not as constant as they are up north in the Barossa ... Read Full Article
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Merlot – the ducks nuts or just plain old bollocks?

Variety

Merlot – the ducks nuts or just plain old bollocks?

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#html-body [data-pb-style=WAXEAE1]{justify-content:flex-start;display:flex;flex-direction:column;background-position:left top;background-size:cover;background-repeat:no-repeat;background-attachment:scroll;border-style:none;border-width:1px;border-radius:0;margin:0 0 10px;padding:10px}#html-body [data-pb-style=EMO1VNY]{border-style:none;border-width:1px;border-radius:0;margin:0;padding:0}Quite unlike like Miles Raymond in the awesome film ‘Sideways’ … if anyone orders Merlot, I’m staying. I am very happy to drink f%^&ing Merlot! Merlot doesn’t get much love here in Australia – variously accused of being thin ... Read Full Article
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Merlot – the ducks nuts or just plain old bollocks?
Merlot – the ducks nuts or just plain old bollocks?

Quite unlike like Miles Raymond in the awesome film ‘Sideways’ … if anyone orders Merlot, I’m staying. I am very happy to drink f%^&ing Merlot!

Merlot doesn’t get much love here in Australia – variously accused of being thin and reedy (region too cold) or soft and fat (region too warm) but rarely awesome, refined, structured or fruit intense. Much of the blame for Aussie Merlot being ‘crap’ has been ascribed to our clonal selections of Merlot – the most widely planted being D3V14, sourced from UC Davis in California in the mid 60s. It can make superb wine but it needs to be planted in the right sites and requires a lot of work in the vineyard to produce quality fruit. Historically most Aussie producers simply haven’t treated Merlot with that level of care. ‘Proper’ varieties, like Pinot, Shiraz, Cabernet etc have more time and money spent on them in the vineyard and winery because they yield a better return

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Langhorne Creek, SA
Langhorne Creek, SA

Around 50km southeast of Adelaide, and just north of Lake Alexandrina, Langhorne Creek is one of the oldest vineyard regions in South Australia. With vines first planted in 1860's, it is predominately a producer of full-bodied reds. Cabernet sauvignon and shiraz do well in the cool climate, and benefit from the unique soils along the riverbanks.

The climate is often cool, with southerly winds coming in from the ocean and blowing straight across Lake Alexandrina. Like most South Australian regions, the heat will kick in when the wind comes down from the north in summer, but there are intermittent and not as constant as they are up north in the Barossa. Soils are deep, sandy loams, regularly flooded in winter by diverting the nearby Bremer River into the vineyards. This all adds up to vigorous vines with generous canopies,

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