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Greg Norman Estates Red Bordeaux Blend Limestone Coast Cabernet-Merlot 2002

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Tasting Notes This blend is an approachable wine that is the perfect partner with food. The Cabernet Sauvignon (89%) contributes ripe rich mulberry, spice characters and fine velvety tannins. The Merlot (11%) adds cherry, red currant and blueberry characters, and attractive cedary notes are derived from the oak maturation. Grape Source The fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards in the Padthaway, Wrattonbully and Coonawarra regions, which are located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia. The Limestone Coast has become famous for its high quality fruit grown on the rich, red soils overlying hard limestone rock. The 2002 vintage was exceptional. The cool climate developed intense varietal fruit characters, supple tannins and a firm structure. Vinification The individual parcels of fruit were harvested and then fermented separately in roto and static fermenters. The juice was pumped over the skins to extract the rich colors and flavors from the skins. The wine was pressed off the skins and a select portion racked into new and seasoned French and American oak for maturation prior to blending and bottling. Winemaker Andrew Hales Cellaring Excellent drinking now but will reward careful cellaring for up to 3 years Technical Details Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.52 Acidity: 6.1 g/L Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L

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Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popul... Read more
Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popular as they are today. I drank Californian wine very infrequently, as I was not a regular in the States. Now, however, it seems all I drink are varietals from Australia or California, as I tend to enjoy their qualities better than wines from other countries. One of my favorite wines is the Australian Reserve Shiraz. It has such a deep, intense flavor, filled with tannins that are pronounced but not overbearing, and a hint of blueberry. Zinfandel is also a personal favorite, and the new Lake County Zinfandel has the spicy, red fruit character style that I particularly enjoy. Only after many years of experimenting with wines from all over the world have I come to understand the characteristics that I most enjoy. In my Chardonnays, I prefer a less dry, less heavy wine with more oak flavor to it. I find that most California and Australian Chardonnays possess this quality. For this reason, I wanted the style of my new Santa Barbara County Chardonnay to be alive with fruit flavors and pair well with many foods. Many people assume that I prefer Australian wine above all others, because that is where Greg Norman Estates originated, but it isn't true. For me it depends on the situation, menu choice and mood. I am more of a casual wine drinker, rather than an intense wine connoisseur, and therefore I drink whatever wine I have a desire for at that moment. Read less

Member Reviews for Greg Norman Estates Red Bordeaux Blend Limestone Coast Cabernet-Merlot

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Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
04/19/2008

Bought this more than 2 years ago, and wanted to see what a little cellar time did for it. Garnet in color, with faint bricking at edges. Aromas of bell pepper, cassis, and a touch of acetate make this fairly true to the varieties, and also very old world. I suspect that if tasted blind, this would fool many into thinking it was a Bordeaux. Raspberries, blackberries, and a bit of green pepper on the palate. Smoky aftertaste, with some herbs. Bit of glycerin in the texture and finish. For under $10, this is a pretty nice wine, and certainly not an Aussie fruitbomb by any stretch of the imagination.


Snooth User: Paulbab1998
3183454
4.00 5
09/21/2007

Four glasses



Tasting Notes This blend is an approachable wine that is the perfect partner with food. The Cabernet Sauvignon (89%) contributes ripe rich mulberry, spice characters and fine velvety tannins. The Merlot (11%) adds cherry, red currant and blueberry characters, and attractive cedary notes are derived from the oak maturation. Grape Source The fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards in the Padthaway, Wrattonbully and Coonawarra regions, which are located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia. The Limestone Coast has become famous for its high quality fruit grown on the rich, red soils overlying hard limestone rock. The 2002 vintage was exceptional. The cool climate developed intense varietal fruit characters, supple tannins and a firm structure. Vinification The individual parcels of fruit were harvested and then fermented separately in roto and static fermenters. The juice was pumped over the skins to extract the rich colors and flavors from the skins. The wine was pressed off the skins and a select portion racked into new and seasoned French and American oak for maturation prior to blending and bottling. Winemaker Andrew Hales Cellaring Excellent drinking now but will reward careful cellaring for up to 3 years Technical Details Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.52 Acidity: 6.1 g/L Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L

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