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2013 Merlot Salomon Finniss River Estate
|Origin||Australia, South Australia|
Some say Australia is too hot for Merlot, but Bert Salomon has found a perfect spot in the Finiss River region of the Fleurieu Penninsula, South Australia. It never gets too hot and the nights are super cool. This allows the Merlot to retain a nice bite to the blackcurrant fruit, with a juiciness on the palate from bright acid and a nice tannic structure draped with fleshy blue and black fruits. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 L&S (Jun 2017)
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Salomon Finniss River Estate
Bert Salomon's Australian vineyard holdings are in the Finniss River region, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, just south of Adelaide. Founded by his ancestors in 1866, the current generation followed his lead over a hundred years later to make wines with the same meticulous care that they follow in the Wachau, Austria. For local knowledge and expertise, Bert has been helped from the outset by his longtime friend Mike Farmilo, who was Penfold’s chief red winemaker until 1997. It has clearly been a winning combination.
Bert Salomon developed a taste for Austrlian wine whilst working for a wine importer in Vienna and, in 1995, he purchased the Finnis River Estate. He now oversees two harvests a year - one at the family firm in the Wachau and Kremstal areas in his homeland Austria, and another on the other side of the world in Australia. The Finniss River extends along the southeast shoulder of the Adelaide Hills, part of the Fleurieu Peninsula, and offers a slightly cooler vine growing region. Bert has planted mostly Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Merlot. His is more than ably assisted by Mike Farmilo, longtime friend and a former Penfolds red winemaker.
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