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Piano Piano Reserve Beechworth Merlot 2017

Piano Piano Reserve Beechworth Merlot 2017

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GOLD 95 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2021

“The grapes for the Piano Piano Reserve Beechworth Merlot 2017 were gently crushed with a high percentage of unbroken berries, wild yeast-open fermented, 14 days on skins, matured for 20 months in French hogsheads and puncheons (31% new). This is a really attractive merlot, with dark cherry/berry/plum fruit perfectly framed by the oak and polished tannins.”
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021, Published 01 August 2020

Wine Specifications

Variety: Merlot

Size: 750mL

Region: Beechworth

ABV: 14.2%

Vintage: 2017

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Winery & Vintage Info

Vintage 2017 was an ideal vintage. Beechworth experienced a long, mild, dry summer, and an early autumn. These slow ripening conditions resulted in delicate varietal flavours and balanced natural acidity. The Piano Piano Reserve Beechworth Merlot 2017 shows large amounts of fruit flavour and character. Vintage 2017 will be one of those years that will be talked about as being a “normal” vintage, and we will be enjoying these wines well into the future.

The grapes were harvested in March from a premium vineyard at 320m on the Beechworth Wangaratta Road in close proximity to the Piano Piano Vineyard. Our friends vineyard is one of the premium Merlot vineyards in Australia. The grapes were gently crushed, allowing a large percentage of whole berries to remain unbroken. The wine was traditionally fermented using the grape’s indigenous yeast in open vats. It was gently hand plunged four times per day and it remained on skins for fourteen days. After pressing, the wine was matured for 20 months in French oak and hogsheads and barriques with 31% New before being prepared for bottling with minimal filtration. Winery Notes

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