2014 Gartelmann 'Joey' Merlot
Deep purple in colour with a bouquet of cassis (blackcurrants). The wine was matured for 16 months in a mix of new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads and puncheons. This is a complex wine featuring rich, bold black fruits layered with dense, inviting oak. It has great length and is beautiful balanced with velvet tannins giving structure to a soft and rounded palate. Flavours of cassis consistently flow from the nose to the palate.
Cellaring: Drink from 2016, cellar max to 2021+.
Food Match: Slow cooked beef ribs, roast leg of lamb and mature cheeses.
Awards & Reviews:
- Trophy, Best Merlot of the Show, 2015 Orange Wine Show
- People Choice Award, 2015 Orange Wine Show
- Gold Medal, Class 10, 2015 Orange Wine Show
94 Points. "Intriguing nose, I couldn’t pin it but was impressed as were the judges at the 2015 Orange Wine Show where it was picked up the Trophy for the best merlot of the show. It also won the ‘people’s choice award for the most popular wine in the show. All I can say It’s deserved, a very smart wine indeed several threads of flavour well supported with acid and tannin weave and entwine themselves in and amongst each other as it traverses the palate, 94 points and good value at $25." The Key Report, Tony Keys, 2017
"This Hunter Valley family winery selected the Orange Region to produce this wine, which proved a masterstroke as it went on to claim the best merlot trophy and people's choice award at last year's Orange wine show. Inviting with smooth and rich flavours." The Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham, Nov 2016
"This wine is purple in colour with a bouquet of blackcurrants. This is a complex wine featuring rich, bold black fruits layered with dense, inviting oak. It has great length and is balanced with velvet tannins giving structure to a soft and rounded palate. Flavours of cassis consistently flow from the nose to the palate. Ideal with red meats and mature cheeses." Have a Go News, Frank Smith, Nov 2016
"...This is Merlot, but done quite well (made by the very smart hand of Liz Silkman (nee Jackson) of Silkman wines), and the structure allows it to work with spice, which is usually tough for a red. Pair this with a spiced ragu….or even a jungle beef curry…or a Indonesian satay...more." Vinonotebook, Regan Drew, August 2016
"...This wine has lovey black fruit flavours such as blackcurrant & blackberry as well as oak characteristics due to being matured for 16 months in French and American oak. Lovely velvety tannins and a soft finish. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for the next 5 years! ...more." Once Upon a Wine, August 2016
"...Plush mulberry flavour shows on the front palate, plum, Turkish delight chocolate, anise and vanillin oak meld on the middle palate and dusty tannins show at the finish." Newcastle Herald, John Lewis, August 2016
"The deep mulberry colour & clear meniscus lead to a nose and palate punch of blueberries and brambles. There is a good balance of skin and oak tannins [both American & French] as a counterpoint to the hefty declared 14.7% Alc component. This combination drives the fulsome opulent primary fruit to a long mouthfilling and warming finish. This is a block buster punch-packing expression of a cool climate Australian Merlot. Not one for the faint hearted." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour, July 2016.
"This is smart Merlot. Yes, I said it! It's actually refreshing to see someone 'trying' with the variety. This is certainly not one of those boring types that's for sure... There's an attractive energy about this wine. Black fruits, some cassis, cloves and faint vanilla oak sweetness. Opulent width and length delivered, black currant and mulberry fruit take the lead in the mouth driving to a mouth watering finish - literally. Good acid frames the fruit ensuring there's plenty of life left here up to eight years. This will be drinking even better in a year or two. Great buying for 25 bucks too. More Merlots like this please." Q Wine, July 2016