Wines released under the 'Terra Rossa' classification, are made from fruit that is grown exclusively on the rich red soils found in our vineyards at the southern end of Coonawarra. The micro-climate in this location provides an extended ripening period for the grapes, which imparts unique qualities in this range of wines. The combination of these elements, produces 'Terra Rossa' wines with wonderful fruit expression, elegance in structure, complexity and excellent cellaring potential.
93 POINTS - GARY WALSH
Grown on the Abbey Vineyard, and I remember a pretty good wine Lindemans once released from the 1998 vintage, called Abbey Vineyard Merlot. I suspect it was a one off and wonder whether it’s from the same patch.
Good Merlot here. Rich and well appointed, black olives, forest berries, some creamy chocolaty oak and spice, almost violetty perfume. Medium to full bodied, earthy and fruit sweet at once, a fair amount of oak, but well weaved in, bright acidity and fine chalky tannin. Has a fair amount of oomph and flavour, without really being heavy. Kind of showy, but in a nice way.
PAUL IPPOLITO - 5 MIN WINE RUSH
Heading into the warmer months post Winter chills, you will be searching around for a medium bodied red that will fit the gap between the big Winter Cabernet and Shirazes and the Rose's of Summer time. This is it. And at that it has to be one of the better Merlot produced in this country. Purple crimson red showing off the Coonnawarra fruit youthfulness. Luscious succulent and pure fruit, spicy plums, ripe cherries and raspberries come through nicely. Good fruit weight and yet a good backbone of structure as well. Well balanced, good oak, ripe tannins and smooth lingering delicious fruit right to the end. Drink with roasted Italian sausages with caponata. Another 5 years in it but frankly drinking too good to store much of it now