I’ve mentioned before that one of the things I like about merlot is the different personalities it can have. This one from Jacob’s Creek reveals one of those unique personalities. Perhaps that’s the Australian terroir coming through. Although, this isn’t a single vineyard wine. And that brings up a philosophical question about terroir. Can there be a terroir expression in a wine that is designated from a broad region, like South East Australia, versus from a single vineyard? Can there be a macro-terroir and a micro-terroir? What do you think?
While I often think of merlot as having a “round” nose, the nose on this one is rather pointed with sharp cherry and spice aromas. It also shows some blueberry and plum aromas, all as though it’s sitting in a smoky cedar box. The palate is also somewhat angular, with tangy cherry and plum flavors that are zipping with acidity. This is a lively merlot and would be perfect with a big juicy burger.
Wine: Jacob’s Creek
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Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.