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IRVINE Grand 2009

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IRVINE Grand 2009

James Irvine is the Australian winemaker most strongly associated with Merlot, and his Grand Merlot, first made in 1984, is widely considered the country’s leading example. Over the years it has won a number of awards in Europe, often in competition with the best of St-Emilion and Pomerol. Winemaker Joanne Irvine focuses on getting Eden Valley fruit fully ripe while keeping yields low. The wine is matured for 12-24 months in French (Allier) oak, valued for its spiciness. Typically, plum and cherry aromas lead into a deep, complex, red-fruited palate (especially raspberry), with leather and tobacco notes, firm but fine, velvety tannins and spicy savouriness. The wine generally benefits from decanting up to four hours before serving.
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James Irvine is the Australian winemaker most strongly associated with Merlot, and his Grand Merlot, first made in 1984, is widely considered the country’s leading example. Over the years it has won a number of awards in Europe, often in competition with the best of St-Emilion and Pomerol. Winemaker Joanne Irvine focuses on getting Eden Valley fruit fully ripe while keeping yields low. The wine is matured for 12-24 months in French (Allier) oak, valued for its spiciness. Typically, plum and cherry aromas lead into a deep, complex, red-fruited palate (especially raspberry), with leather and tobacco notes, firm but fine, velvety tannins and spicy savouriness. The wine generally benefits from decanting up to four hours before serving.
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2009
  • Region: Eden Valley
  • Code: IGM
  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Country: Australia

Region Eden Valley

The Eden Valley is a cool and elevated sub-region of the Barossa situated in the Barossa Range to the east, overlooking the Barossa Valley. Low water availabilty, high altitude and strong winds make site selection in the region very important . The vineyeard soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock and are comprised mostly of red clay and sandy, silty loams interspersed with schistic gravels. The Eden Valley is renowned for its floral talc scented Rieslings and vibrant fruit pure Shiraz. Cool climate Chardonnay also performs well as does Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Winery IRVINE

Langton’s Selections Irvine Grand Merlot Irvine sources its fruit entirely from its Springhill Vineyard elevated at 390-430 metres in the Eden Valley, a sub-region of the Barossa geographical indication. The vineyard is close planted on about 24 acres of grey-brown podzolic soils over gravel. The vines are increasingly being trellised on a Smart Dyson system. Irvine was established by winemaking consultant and all-rounder James Irvine. His generosity of spirit is well known in the wine industry. While his name is not famous, he has mentored some of the finest winemakers in South Australia. Irvine’s positive nature comes out in his wines, self- described as being “glorious, clearly regionally defined and terroir driven.” Certainly they have a distinct voice with a loyal following. Irvine has pinned its future largely on Merlot, a variety which has polarised fine wine buyers, especially in the US. It even makes a sparkling Merlot, a variation on the classic Australian sp
Langton’s Selections Irvine Grand Merlot Irvine sources its fruit entirely from its Springhill Vineyard elevated at 390-430 metres in the Eden Valley, a sub-region of the Barossa geographical indication. The vineyard is close planted on about 24 acres of grey-brown podzolic soils over gravel. The vines are increasingly being trellised on a Smart Dyson system. Irvine was established by winemaking consultant and all-rounder James Irvine. His generosity of spirit is well known in the wine industry. While his name is not famous, he has mentored some of the finest winemakers in South Australia. Irvine’s positive nature comes out in his wines, self- described as being “glorious, clearly regionally defined and terroir driven.” Certainly they have a distinct voice with a loyal following. Irvine has pinned its future largely on Merlot, a variety which has polarised fine wine buyers, especially in the US. It even makes a sparkling Merlot, a variation on the classic Australian sparkling Shiraz style made famous by Hans Irvine, a distant relative and founder of Great Western Cellars in Victoria. Winemaking veteran and daughter Joanne Irvine is now responsible for most winemaking. In 2006 she was named red winemaker of the year at the International Wine Challenge in the UK. In the world of Australian wine, Irvine Grand Merlot remains something of an aberration. The name derives from Jim Irvine’s grand introduction to Merlot – a glass of Chateau Petrus. The Grand Merlot is a style in evolution. However, don’t ever expect an elegant, minerally style. The wine is matured in a combination of new and used Allier oak for a period of around 3 years. This wine is massive, with plenty of fruit, oak and tannin. Jim Irvine explains that oak plays a supporting role to extremely dense, concentrated fruit. These multi-layered plushly concentrated wines with dense tannin structure are very much an experience. They straddle the traditional maturation and contemporary style giving freshness, complexity and volume. Jim Irvine recommends that these wines be decanted at least three hours prior to drinking. Irvine produces a number of variations on the Merlot theme including The Baroness a multi-vineyard Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Blend. A Reserve Zinfandel has also achieved some notable success in the fine wine arena. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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