Blue Pyrenees Merlot 2008 (Pyrenees, Vic)
$18, Screwcap, 14%
2008 was a tough vintage in the Pyrenees. Hot, drought year , with the heatwave that caused such havoc throughout SA having a serious impact in Western Vic too.
No surprises, then, that this looks and tastes like a warm year wine. A warm year wine, where the grapes essentially roasted on the vines, the sugars escalating without the structure to back it up.
It’s a tough gig growing grapes!
Anyway, this smells like hard grapegrowing. The fruit is all stewed, forward and caramelised, with cooked plums and figs, musky red fruit and pepper, all tinged with some brackish, underripe green notes.
It doesn’t get much better on the palate either, which is something of a dried tannic hulk, heavy with bitter tannins and no grape sweetness to speak of. The astringency lingers too, bitten by some alcohol warmth to boot.
A sadly unfun drink. 13.5/78