3drops Great Southern Merlot 2017 & 2018

3drops 2018 Merlot - Great Southern, WA

2018 Merlot

Tasted 21 February 2020

Last night we crackled into this new release from 3drops. Introducing their 2018 Merlot from WA’s Great Southern wine region.

A big thanks to 3drops wine and olive oil for sending this sample over and a big congratulations to the team who are celebrating their 20th vintage this year.

If you didn’t catch the 3drops newsletter yesterday, they have started to use vegan friendly fining agents for some of their 2019 releases (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). These will be released in April and will be using a pea based protein, and a yeast derived protein.

Now back to the merlot which went so well with our kalamata olive rich dinner dish last night.

In the glass it’s a beautiful deep black cherry red. On the nose it oozes elegance with dark berries, vanilla oak and a bit of earthiness in there. While in the mouth those berries and vanilla oak flow through with fruitiness across the palate and finishing with a nice touch of silky tannins.

This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

2017 Merlot

Tasted 7 November 2018

Last night Mr Spittoon and I thought we’d crack this award-winning beauty to toast the wonderful 3drops wine and olive oil owner-operator – Jo – who completed the NYC marathon on the weekend.

3drops Great Southern Merlot 2017This 2017 Merlot from Western Australia’s Great Southern Wine Region picked up gold at the Wine Show of Western Australia and a gold at the Six Nations Wine Challenge. It had me and Mr Spittoon arguing over who would have the last few drops so it’s fair to say it lives up to its accolades.

In the glass, it’s a red shade with magenta tinge. It has a lovely brightness to the colour. We found the nose full of creamy oak, leather, cigars and fresh boysenberry. While in the mouth it’s bold and confident with an elegant clean structure and cigar/cedar, juicy black plums, spiced cherries and mouth covering tannins coming through. After the first glass, we popped it into the decanter. I can see this one really evolving over the coming years.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #winesample #tcweekdaywine

Castelli Empirica 2017 Ebullient Sparkling Riesling

Castelli Empirica 2017 Ebullient Sparkling Riesling
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Last ‘Wine Wednesday’ we cracked into our Good Pair Days sample pack and we couldn’t wait to get stuck into this 2017 Empirica ‘Ebullient’ Sparkling Riesling from Castelli Estate Wines in WA’s Great Southern wine region. Continue reading

The Lake House 2015 Pinot Noir

After catching up in Sydney with Naomi at the start of the month she sent me home with this bottle of The Lake House 2015 Pinot Noir from WA’s Great Southern wine region. Actually, I was very happy that all 6 bottles in my checked-in luggage made it back to Victoria intact.

The Lake House 2015 Pinot Noir DenmarkThis Premium Reserve Denmark Pinot Noir ($45) is made from grapes from a single vineyard. We opted to enjoy it while watching Sabrina on Netflix and indulging in a couple of pieces of Cuvée Chocolate’s Amphora 65% Dark Chocolate.

If you haven’t tried this chocolate yet, then you need to stat! It’s specifically made to match wine. The recommended matches for the Amphora are Pinot Noir, Merlot, Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, GSM and Tawny Port. Continue reading