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  • Pertaringa Stage Left Merlot 2023

Pertaringa Stage Left Merlot 2023

Regular price $32.00

Region: McLaren Vale

Story: This wine is called Stage Left Merlot as the variety has never been centre stage in the vineyard theatre of McLaren Vale. We think that it should be enjoyed for its unique interpretation of this beloved Bordeaux variety.

Vineyard: Sourced from a single block on the Martin's vineyard on Bayliss Road in the Tatachilla region of McLaren Vale. These Merlot vines are the clone D3V14 from University California Davis and were planted in 1990 on an east facing slope.

Soils: These soils are sandy loam over lime from the Ochre cove formation which is from the Pleistocine period (2.6 million years ago).

Harvest Date: 13 April 2023

Winemaking: Single vineyard wine. Grapes are harvested and crushed directly to a static stainless steel fermenter. 8 days on skins for maximum colour and flavour extraction.  Wine was pressed off skins directly to seasoned French oak for maturation. 10 months in barrel prior to blending and bottling. No fining and minimal filtration.

Nose: Bright lifted nose of plum and cherry with herbal notes.

Palate: The palate is medium to full bodied with rich dark red fruits balanced by attractive spice.  Soft tannins add to complexity and round out the balanced palate.

Cellaring: Drink now to 2029

Alc: 14.0% TA: 6.23g/L
pH: 3.50 RS: 0.4g/L

Tasting notes:
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93 points
" I loved the 2021 version of this wine, so was keen to see if this latest incarnation could match it. It does that and more. Named ‘Stage Left’, as Merlot is seen as a variety which has never enjoyed centre stage in the region, it always reminds me of the old Shakespearean stage direction. And what this wine teaches us is that Merlot perhaps deserves a bigger role in the region. Vibrant garnet, the aroma weaves through plums, raisin cake, chocolate, mocha and plum pudding. Delicious, a cracking Merlot with soft tannins and lots of them. Really good length here and lots to like. This can be enjoyed over the next six to eight years."

- Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot 2023

94 points

- Wine Showcase 2023


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Wine is normally delivered from Monday to Friday between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm. Most orders will be delivered to your door, however in rural or remote areas the delivery may be left at the nearest Australia Post office or freight depot.

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In the rare instance that you are not satisfied with a wine purchased from Bec Hardy Wines we are more than happy to provide you with a full refund for purchases of the relevant wine by you (excluding freight costs).

You must let us know that you are not satisfied within 14 days of buying the wine and we’ll refund you in full (excluding freight costs) an amount equal to the value of your remaining unopened bottles plus one opened bottle only.

Typically you will be required to return the remaining unopened bottles of the wine in question to our McLaren Vale Cellar Door for a quality inspection, and you will assume responsibility of risk and all associated freight costs. All refunds are processed within 7 days of your notification or from the date that the remaining wines are returned to us.

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