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Tasting note by Erin Larkin

24 months in seasoned French oak. WA is fortunate, in that there has been a (long) string of excellent vintages, (each carrying its own attributes) over the past couple of decades.

2018 will perhaps go down as one of the greatest among them, for its seemingly unending ability to produce perfectly ripe, powerful and balanced grapes, and therefore wines. This is absolutely no exception to that, and may go down as one of the greatest Merlimonts yet.

Soft, zen and perfectly ripe fruit has tannins that seem to be seamlessly countersunk; the acid a current of electricity that brings light, and the oak an invisible structure that holds it all in shape. Again, the texture is the standout here, smooth, rolling… viscous, even.

2018 Picardy Merlimont


The Picardy Merlimont allows the Pannells to show a different expression of the Picardy  Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and is approximately made up of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This reserve blend is only produced in outstanding vintages and is given a full 22 months' barrel maturation.

This is a wine in the style of the old world Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon producing regions - fruity but elegant and with excellent structure which will reward cellaring.

The outstanding features of this wine are its structure, fine grained tannins, low pH without high acidity, excellent colour and pronounced fruit flavours. It should drink superbly for up to twenty years.

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