WHAT IS SYRAH?

So we've got some exciting news for all you Merilba fans! We've got a brand new wine to add to the range. It's been some time since we've brought a brand new release into the range, probably back to our Semscato a couple of years ago, so to say we're excited about this release is an understatement.

Let us set the scene for you. The best Shiraz grapes from our Kingstown vineyard are tendered to and cared for throughout the growing season, ready to be picked and pressed in our on site winery. Treated with absolute care in this process, the aim is to keep as much of the fruit definition as possible. We let the juice ferment using wild yeast in Stainless Steel, with no oak used during the fermentation at all.

The Result?

Our 2016 Syrah!

So what is Syrah? Well basically it's Shiraz. We can hear you muttering under your breath "If it's the same, why don't they just call it Shiraz then!" It's all good, we'll explain.

Believe it or not, but we're one of the only countries in the world that actually calls it Shiraz, or in a good Aussie accent, "Sheee-raz". Shiraz & Syrah are genetically the same grape, and it's really only Australia, New Zealand and South Africa that use the term Shiraz. The rest of the world predominately utilise the Syrah varietal name. Shiraz can be generalised as big, full bodied wines showing extremely rich flavours (think a typical Barossa Shiraz), whereas the more European/French style of Syrah is typically quite earthy, lean but complex with good acidity (if your not familiar with French Syrah, think full bodied quality Pinot Noir).

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We've already got a Shiraz in our lineup which is aged in French Oak, released a couple of years after picking, and is generally a bigger, bolder style. Our new release, the 2016 Syrah, is released young, treated with absolutely minimal French Oak, and is more of a bright, juicy style of wine that allows the fruit to do the talking! It is quite a restrained style of red wine, without anywhere to hide, so the fruit has to be up to the task, and that it is!

We've only made 85 cases of this wine, so it's strictly limited release. The well integrated acidity means it will cellar well for up to 10 years, whilst also drinking beautifully now. You won't find this one in bottleshops, only in our online store or Cellar Door (and perhaps on a few restaurant lists).

AN EVENING WITH MERILBA ESTATE!

Ever wanted to experience a night filled with unbelievable tapas from Chef David Hill paired with wines from your premium local producer, Merilba Estate + a couple of fresh, delicious, dry cider's from New England Cider Co? 

Well here's your chance...

We've teamed up with our loyal stockist, the Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth, to bring to you a night of good times in the Coal Bunker Bar. You'll enjoy a selection of tapas, 4 different wines and a couple of ciders, and the presence of our winemaker Shaun Cassidy, all for only $70!

To book just call 02 6766 7000 or email info@qhptam.com.au but make sure you're quick, space is strictly limited! See you all there!

THE FAMILY

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So in 2016 we started a wine called 'The Family'. This is a wine blended from our small plantings of Cabernet Franc, Durif & Merlot. These are planted in a part of our vineyard known as The Family Block, which inherently was picked by our family, made by our family and drunk by our family, and as much we love our family, the fruit is too damn good to keep it as a secret! We picked this wine last year (2016) for the first time and given the quality of the fruit, we ensured we handpicked, used whole bunch pressing and co-fermented. We've done a very similar wine this year, however because of the co-ferment, it'll have it's own unique characteristics. 

So what can we expect for 'The Family'. Small batch and always released quite young. The 2016 vintage will be released soon, so just after a year old, and only 1 barrel (approximately 300 bottles). It's big, juicy and spritely in it's fruit appeal. It has a lovely roundness of oak which the Used French Oak that it's been resting in for the past year has infused into it, and the co-ferment has ensured that all the fruit shares it characteristics seamlessly. 

Stay tuned for the release of the 2016 vintage coming in March/April. Due to it's small batch, it'll be a cellar door and online exclusive!

The 2016 Vintage (in the glass) and the 2017 vintage (just after picking)

The 2016 Vintage (in the glass) and the 2017 vintage (just after picking)

MERILBA STAYS GRASSROOTS THROUGH GRAPEVINE

We recently were honoured to be recognised in the press with an article in the Armidale Express, Inverell Times and Northern Daily Leader on our independent and focused distribution methods. This is something we've worked really hard on over the past year or so, ensuring we supply our wholesale customers in the New England, and outside the region, with quality product and quality service.

Check out the full article here: 

http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/4463429/merilba-stay-grassroots-through-the-grapevine/

 

 

Photo courtesy of New England Foodie Trail

Photo courtesy of New England Foodie Trail