This Merlot, A High Country Highlight

By David Ellis from vintnews

Peter Logan’s 20-year-old vines on the red loam soils of his vineyards at Mudgee and Orange in the Central Ranges of NSW, have given him good reward with his 2014 Weemala Merlot, a now-available and beautifully stylish wine with its palate of bright mixed berries and thyme, before a long dry finish. 

It makes for a particularly good drop to put on the table with pan fried veal chops and brown mushrooms, the more-so too with its price tag of $19.95. 

Peter actually opted to leave 25% of his Merlot on the vines in 2014, the 75% that he did harvest being his best ripe and clean fruit, and the most richly flavoured, of nice texture and with excellent varietal characters. 

For those who love to get their nose into the bottle or glass, there’s rewarding results here too, the high-altitude Central Ranges always to the fore with wines that are nice and highly perfumed – in the case of this 2014 Logan Weemala Merlot, of predominantly violets, black olives and truffles.

If you may be wondering about the name Weemala, it’s a local aboriginal word for ‘good view,’ which Peter’s vineyards certainly enjoy out there in those lofty cool climate Central Ranges.

One to note: for a region famed for its red wines, it’s interesting that Coonawarra is also home to Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling, a wine that’s been a favourite of Aussie Riesling buffs for its consistency of flavour, quality and expression of variety since 1962 – some fifty-five years.

Its latest release from 2016 is again up there with everything that’s made this wine such a favourite, with classic lemon and lime Riesling flavours and a refreshing but soft acidity.

Plus, with few boundaries when it comes to pairing with food, this is a drop to match with virtually anything from seafood to duck, pork to chicken or Thai to tacos. Or simply on its own over a good conversation, or watching a favourite movie on TV.

Pay $25 and enjoy now, or give it a few years in a cool, dark spot to age gracefully.