1997 Fox Creek - Merlot 750ml

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1997 Fox Creek - Merlot

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The 1997 Merlot, (3-year old vines and yields of only 1.6 tons of fruit per acre) did not receive an outstanding score simply because it was not complex. I suspect more complexity will emerge as the vineyard matures. The wine exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as copious quantities of toasty new oak in the nose, and mocha-infused, jammy cherry-like fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, rich, and monolithic, but impressively balanced and pure, with mouth-staining levels of extract. Low acidity and an up-front, flamboyant style suggest it can be drunk now and over the next 10-12 years. Merlot fanatics may rate it even higher than I did.

Drink Dates: 1999-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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When the Watts family bought the 32 hectare Fox Creek Vineyard property in 1984, they were advised against planting vines as the soils in that area of McLaren Vale were composed of dense and heavy clay. The property had previously been used for growing barley and grazing sheep. Undeterred by the sceptics, they selected and planted fine quality cuttings and nurtured the young vines to fruition. Their labors bore fruit - extraordinarily high quality fruit - that was lovingly converted into wines of supreme quality. Under the skilled guidance of the winemakers, Fox Creek wines have achieved regional, national, and international acclaim and are now enjoyed around the world.

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