Haan Wines - Merlot Prestige 2009 - Barossa

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Haan Wines - Merlot Prestige 2009
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A very powerful wine in both aroma and palate structure. The aroma is characterized by black cherries and ripe plums, layered with aromas of spicy toasted oak, which gives great complexity. This complex aroma is carried over on the palate and further emphasized by the silky oak and fruit tannins. These deep tannins give the wine the length and persistence to be one of the best Merlots produced by Haan Wines since its creation in 1997.

To fully appreciate this wine, we recommend that it be decanted 3 to 4 hours before serving.

AGEING
While released with quite some readiness, there is no doubt that the Merlot Prestige will develop further with more bottle age. We expect it to show extremely well at around 8 to 10 years of age.

AWARDS
The 2006 Merlot Prestige was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2009 London International Wine and Spirit Competition
The 2005 Haan Merlot Prestige was awarded 95 points in James Halliday's 2009 Wine Companion
The 2005 Haan Merlot Prestige was awarded 91 points by Robert Parker in 2007
The 2004 Haan Merlot Prestige was awarded 94 points in James Halliday's 2008 Wine Companion
The 2004 Haan Merlot Prestige was awarded 89-91 points by Robert Parker in 2006
The 2003 Haan Merlot Prestige was awarded 91 points by Robert Parker in 2005
The 2002 Haan Merlot Prestige was awarded a silver medal (Best in Class) - International Wine & Spirit Competition, London, 2005
The 2002 Haan Merlot Prestige was awarded Top Merlot - "Divine Mayhem" Tasting, July 2005
The 2002 Haan Merlot Prestige was awarded 92 points - Robert Parker Review, 2004
The 2002 Haan Merlot Prestige was chosen for the Top 100 at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2005
The 2000 Haan Merlot Prestige won a bronze medal at the 2002 Canberra Wine Show.
The 1997 Haan Merlot Prestige won a gold medal and trophy at the 1999 Barossa Wine Show.
The 1996 Haan Merlot Prestige won a gold medal at the 1998 Sydney International Wine Competition.



Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Haan Wines   -   www.haanwines.com.au
ABV:   14.5%
Appellation:   Barossa Valley
Brand:   Haan Wines
Country of Origin:   Australia
Grape Type:   Merlot
Region:   South Australia
Type of closure:   Screw Cap
Vintage:   2009

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Our Story
We travelled the world in search of the ultimate home for us, a place that would fulfil our dream of being makers of very special, unique wine. Many places charmed us -- Cyprus, France, Portugal, Spain, Madeira, New Zealand, Victoria, Tasmania, Margaret River and the Hunter Valley -- but we kept returning to the Barossa Valley, drawn by all it had to offer:

A unique district that maintains many of the great traditions lost in other areas.
A strong commitment to preserving a great vineyard heritage (where special wine starts!) rather than letting it be taken over by industry or sub-division.
A climate with four very distinct seasons.
A wonderful sense of community where everyone works together for the common good, taking pride in the achievements of one and all.
Upon seeing our 45 acre (18 hectare) vineyard, initially purchased in 1853 by George Friedrich Schmidt for one pound an acre, we knew we had discovered the vineyard and home of our dream. The blend of the old classic Barossa feel and subtle Mediterranean influences in our home is a philosophy carried over to our wines.

As we hoped, our wines are being enjoyed as symbols of the Barossa's simple elegance - a reflection of truly special wine traditions.

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