Three Ponds Merlot 2021
- Hunter Valley -
Our first merlot since 2018, as drought and bushfires precluded making this wine in 2019 and 2020. Open fermentation then maturation in French oak. Bright red with medium intensity. Displays aromas of sour cherry, currants, tobacco and spice.
Vineyard Holman Estate, Pokolbin
Winemaker Mark Richardson
Merlot a rare site in the Hunter
Merlot is becoming increasingly rare in the Hunter Valley. The varietal is named after the blackbird, merle in French and merlo in Italian. One imagines that blackbirds must like eating this grape! Holman Estate merlot remains one of the best examples of this varietal in the Hunter Valley albeit only 2.6 acres are planted. On deep, rich volcanic soils, these vines are now almost 30 years old and produce smart table wines.